Happiness Measures

Measures of Happiness: O-HL-u-mq-v-9-a


Overall: Happiness in Life (O-HL)
Time frame:
time unspecified (u)
multiple questions (mq)
Scale Type:
verbal scale (v)
Scale Range:


Self report on single question:

Here is a series of statements about life as it is for people. Check the one that is closest to how you feel
1  Life is worthless and unhappy
2  Life is pretty unhappy
3  There are many good things in life, but unfortunately the troubles are more frequent than the joys
4 happiness and unhappiness are bound to even out as about equal in any one's experience
5  Whether life is happy or unhappy depends on how you make it
6  There are usually more good things than bad things in life
7  Usually, the troubles one has do not last and are not nearly as important as the joys
8 Life on the whole is fine and happy
9 Every aspect of life can be seen as worthwhile and therefore be viewed with happiness

List of Studies Using this Measure

Study Population N Mean
Standard Deviation
Joshi (1964): study US California 1963 University students, California, United States, 1963 N = 81