Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: M-AO-*-mq-v*-10-a


Mixed: Affect + Overall (M-AO)
Time frame:
various time frames (*)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scales combined (v*)
Scale Range:


Self report on 3 questions:

A   All in all, how much happiness would you say you find in life today......?
3  a great deal
2  some but not very much
1  almost none

B  In general, how would you say you feel most of the time, in good spirits or in low spirits.....?
1   I am usually in low spirits
2   I am sometimes in good spirits, sometimes in low spirits
3   I am mostly in good spirits

C   On the whole, how satisfied are you with your way of life today.....?
4  very satisfied
3  fairly satisfied
2  not very satisfied
1  not satisfied at all

Items selected by Guttman scaling.

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Thompson et al. (1960): study US 1952 60+ aged, employed at start, followed 2 years, USA, 1952-54 N = 1559