Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: M-AO-*-mq-v-5-a


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


Self report on 25 questions:

20 item  PANAS (Watson et. al (1988)
This scale consists of a number of words that describe different feelings and emotions. Read each item and mark the appropriate answer in the space next to that word. Indicate to what extend you felt this way during the past weeks?
a nervous
b  distressed
c  afraid
d jittery
e  irritable
f  upset
g  scared
h ashamed
i  guilty
j  hostile
k  excited
l  active
m  determined
n  inspired
o  enthusiastic
p  alert
q  attentive
r  proud
s  strong
t  interested
Answer options:
1  very slightly or not at all
2  a little
3  moderately
4  quite a bit
5  extremely
Positive affect score PAS: (k to t)/10
Negative affect score NAS: (a to j)/10

5 item SWLS (Diener et. al 1985)
Using the 1-5 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.
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 SWLS: A+B+C+D+E/5

Computation aggregate SWB score: PA +SWLS- NA

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Page & Vella-Brodrick (2013): study AU New South Wales 2009 Employee well-being trainees and controls, Melbourne, Australia, 200? N = 37
Watkins et al. (2014): study US 2011 Psychology students, USA, 2011 N = 129