Happiness Measures


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


Selfreport on three measures:

A  5 item Satisfaction With Life Scale (Diener)
    Aa   In most ways my life is close to ideal
    Ab  The conditions of my life are excellent
    Ac   I am satisfied with my life
    Ad   So far, I have gotten the important things I want in life
    Ae   If I could live my life over, I would change nothing
    Answers rated: 7  strongly agree to 1  strongly disagree

B  4-item Subjective happiness scale (Lyubomirsky & Lepper)
    Ba  Compared to most of my peers I consider myself a happy person
    Bb  Some people are generally not very happy; although they
           are not depressed, they never seem as happy as they might be.
           How does that characterization describe you?
    Bc  In general I consider myself a happy person
    Bd  Some people are generally very happy. They enjoy life
            regardless of what is going on, getting most out of everything.
            How does that characterization describe you?
    Rated: 1  a great deal to  7  not at all

C  Here is a picture of a ladder. Suppose we say that the top of    
the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the         
bottom represents the worst possible life for you. Where on the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?   
    10  best possible life
     0   worst possible life

Computation: Factor score

Remark: Items Ae and Ba do not quite fit the concept of happiness but are still accepted in this wider context