Happiness Measures


Mixed: Affect + Contentment + Overall (M-ACO)
Time frame:
various time frames (*)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
Different rating scales combined (*)
Scale Range:


Selfreport on 25 questions:

A  10 questions on current negative affect
      a  nervous
      b  distressed
     c  afraid
     d  jittery
     e  irritable
     f  upset
    g  scared
    h  exiled
    i   ashamed
    j   guilty
    k  hostile
B 10 questions on current negative affect
    l  active
    m  determined
    n  inspired
    o  enthusiastic
    p  alert
     q  attentive
     r  proud
     s  strong
     t  interested
     Answer options: A and B
    1  strongly disagree
    7 strongly agree
    Name: PANAS version right now 7 step)
C 5 questions on life-satisfaction
    a  In most ways my life is close to ideal
    b  The conditions of my life are excellent
    c  I am satisfied with my life
    d  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
    e If I could live my life over, I would change nothing
   Answers rated:
   5 strongly agree
   4 slightly agree
   3  neither agree nor disagree
   2  slightly disagree
   1  strongly disagree
Computation: After standardization: A-B+C

Computation: A+B+C+D divided by 4

Name: Shortened Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)
(In the original scale item 5 reads: 'If I could live my life over, I would change nothing'. This item is left out in this selection because a positive answer to this question does not necessarily mean that the respondent doesn't like the life he/she actually lives.)