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 7 questions

A  Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
    10 best possible
    0 worst possible life
    (Cantril ladder of life scale)
B  Using the 1-7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each of the items by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.
    Ba  In most ways my life is close to ideal
    Bb  The conditions of my life are excellent
    Bc  I am satisfied with my life
    Bd  So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
    Be  If I could live my life over again I would change nothing
    7  agree
    1  disagree
    (Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale)
C  On the average, what percentage of the time do you feel….… (percentages must add up to 100%)
     Ca  satisfied
     Cb  dissatisfied
     Cc  neutral
     ( Fordyce % happy scale)

Computation: z-score of A+B+Ca