# Distributional Findings on Happiness by measure type and by year in the general public of China (CN)

Typical text:
Taking all things together, would you say you are?:
- very happy
- quite happy
- not very happy
- not at all happy
very = 4 ......not at all = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 4) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 1990 2.91 0.84 6.50 2.39 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 1995 3.05 0.66 7.08 1.84 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2001 2.87 0.63 6.60 1.89 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2007 2.94 0.75 6.72 2.15 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2013 3.00 0.58 6.99 1.65 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2018 3.15 0.64 7.35 1.71 Average 2.99 0.68 6.87 1.94
Typical text:
How happy do you feel as you live now?
- very happy
- somewhat happy
- neither happy nor unhappy
- not very happy
- not happy at all
very happy = 5 .... Not happy at all = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HL-c-sq-v-5-a 2013 Average
Typical text:
How satisfied are you with the life you lead?
- very satisfied
- fairly satisfied
- not very satisfied
- not at all satisfied
very = 4 ....... not at all = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 4) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLP-c-sq-v-4-a 1997 2.85 0.81 6.35 2.10 O-SLP-c-sq-v-4-a 1999 2.75 0.78 6.10 2.05 O-SLC-c-sq-v-4-a 1999 2.78 O-SLP-c-sq-v-4-a 2004 2.67 0.79 5.88 2.06 O-SLC-c-sq-v-4-a 2004 2.67 O-SLC-c-sq-v-4-a 2006 2.76 Average 2.75 0.79 6.11 2.07
Typical text:
Overall, how satisfied are you with your present life?
- very satisfied
- fairly satisfied
- neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
- fairly dissatisfied
- very dissatisfied
very satisfied = 5 ..... very dissatisfied = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLP-c-sq-v-5-o 1994 3.42 0.88 5.96 1.58 O-SLW-u-sq-v-5-n 2002 3.24 0.80 6.08 2.21 O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-j 2010 3.48 1.04 O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-i 2011 3.72 O-SLu-u-sq-v-5-j 2012 3.31 1.05 Average 3.43 0.94 6.02 1.90
Typical text:
All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole now?
10 satisfied
.: .
1 dissatisfied
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 1990 7.13 2.17 6.82 2.41 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 1995 6.80 2.44 6.44 2.72 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 2001 6.53 2.47 6.14 2.74 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 2007 6.76 2.40 6.40 2.67 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2013 6.85 1.98 6.50 2.20 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2018 7.37 2.04 7.07 2.26 Average 6.91 2.25 6.56 2.50
Typical text:
All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
10 very satisfied
:
0 not satisfied
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a 2009 6.40 6.40 Average 6.40 6.40
Typical text:
All things considered, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
10 very satisfied
:
0 not satisfied
Missing cases of average life-satisfaction in nations estimated on the basis of a combination of observed components of happiness in that nation:
1) Afffective component, measured using responses to multiple questions about yesterday's affective experience, from which an affect balance score was computed
2) Cognitive component, measured using responses to single question on Best-Worst possible life
Computation explained in EHERO Working Paper 2021-3 https://www.eur.nl/en/ehero/media/2021-03-ehero-workingpaper2021-3 How to complete the ranklist of happiness in nations
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2006 6.01 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2007 6.23 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2008 5.81 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2009 5.71 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2010 5.99 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2011 6.47 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2012 6.51 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2013 6.74 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2014 6.59 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2015 6.59 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2016 6.75 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2017 6.51 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2018 6.67 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2019 6.75 Average 6.38
Typical text:
During the past few weeks did you ever feel (yes/no)
- particularly excited or interested in something?
- so restless that you couldn't sit long in a chair?
- proud because someone complimented you on something you had done?
- very lonely or remote from other people?
- bored?
- on top of the world?
- depressed?
- that things were going your way?
- upset because someone criticized you?
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-5 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-BB-cm-mq-v-2-a 1990 1.27 6.27 Average 1.27 6.27
Typical text:
Do you want more days like yesterday?
- yes
- no
% yes
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AOL-yd-sq-v-2-a 2007 60.00 Average 60.00
Typical text:
Did you feel yesterday.. (yes/no)?
- enjoyment
- worry
- anger
- depression
- did you smile and laugh a lot
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2008 67.05 8.35 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2009 62.42 8.12 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2010 60.72 8.04 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2011 68.66 8.43 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2012 66.21 8.31 Average 65.01 8.25
Typical text:
Did you feel yesterday (yes/no)
- well-rested
- treated with respect
- smile and laugh a lot
- learn or do something interesting
- enjoyment
- physical pain
- worry
- stress
- anger

Rated:
0: no
1: yes

Computation: (A+B+C+D+E) - (F+G+H+I+J)
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2006 51.00 7.55 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2007 52.00 7.60 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2008 56.00 7.80 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2009 54.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2010 51.00 7.55 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2011 60.00 8.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2012 54.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2013 56.00 7.80 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2014 60.00 8.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2015 52.00 7.60 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2016 53.00 7.65 Average 54.45 7.72
Typical text:
Did you feel yesterday.. (yes/no)?
- well rested
- worried
- proud
- depressed
- ...etc
Computation: % positive affect minus % negative affect
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-o 2007 54.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-o 2008 58.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-o 2012 55.90 Average 55.97
Typical text:
Did you feel yesterday.. (yes/no)?
- well rested
- worried
- proud
- depressed
- ...etc
Computation: % positive affect minus % negative affect
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-b 2007 48.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-b 2008 51.00 Average 49.50
Typical text:
Suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder the worst possible life. Where on this ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
- 10
- .
- .
- 0
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 1999 4.11 4.11 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2002 5.26 1.98 5.26 1.98 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2004 4.50 4.50 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2005 5.53 1.90 5.53 1.90 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2006 3.96 3.96 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2006 4.56 1.97 4.56 1.97 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 5.82 1.74 5.82 1.74 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 4.29 4.29 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 4.86 1.78 4.86 1.78 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2008 4.85 1.80 4.85 1.80 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2009 4.45 1.83 4.45 1.83 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2010 5.85 5.85 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2010 4.65 1.88 4.65 1.88 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2011 5.04 1.88 5.04 1.88 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2012 5.09 2.08 5.09 2.08 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2013 5.24 1.88 5.24 1.88 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2014 5.20 1.78 5.20 1.78 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2015 5.30 2.07 5.30 2.07 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2016 5.32 2.00 5.32 2.00 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2017 5.10 2.27 5.10 2.27 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2018 5.13 2.26 5.13 2.26 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2019 5.14 2.25 5.14 2.25 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2020 5.77 5.77 Average 5.00 1.96 5.00 1.96
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Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2006 63.97 8.20 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2007 65.89 8.29 M-FH-cm-sq-v-4-a 2009 3.06 0.81 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-j 2011 0.66 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2013 69.42 8.47 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2014 74.25 8.71 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2015 63.76 8.19 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2016 68.05 8.40 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2017 60.71 8.04 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2018 66.61 8.33 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2019 74.43 8.72 Average