Distributional Findings on Happiness by measure type and by year in the general public of Germany (DE)

Typical text:
In general, how happy would you say you are?:
- very happy
- fairly happy
- not very happy
very = 3...not very = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 3) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HP-u-sq-v-3-a 1991 2.14 0.57 6.24 1.20 O-HP-u-sq-v-3-a 1994 2.11 0.61 6.09 1.39 O-HP-u-sq-v-3-a 2000 2.16 0.61 6.18 1.30 O-HP-u-sq-v-3-a 2009 2.21 0.57 6.34 1.10 Average 2.16 0.59 6.22 1.25
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-c-sq-v-4-e 1991 2.98 0.57 6.62 1.54 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 1997 3.00 0.67 6.95 1.89 O-HL-c-sq-v-4-a 1998 3.09 0.54 7.02 2.09 O-HL-c-sq-v-4-ga 1999 2.98 0.55 6.58 1.84 O-HL-c-sq-v-4-a 1999 3.03 0.63 6.77 1.65 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2006 3.03 0.71 6.99 2.00 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2013 3.07 0.65 7.12 1.81 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2017 3.08 0.64 7.16 1.75 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2018 3.16 0.63 7.38 1.67 Average 3.05 0.62 6.96 1.81
Typical text:
Taking all things together on a scale of one to ten, how hapy would you say you are?
1 very unhappy
:
10 very happy
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HL-u-sq-n-10-b 2003 7.61 1.80 7.35 2.00 O-HL-u-sq-n-10-b 2007 7.50 1.96 7.22 2.18 Average 7.55 1.88 7.28 2.09
Typical text:
Generally speaking, how happy do you feel?
10 extremely happy
:
0 extremely unhappy
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2002 7.23 1.91 7.23 1.91 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2004 7.07 1.99 7.07 1.99 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2006 7.07 1.91 7.07 1.91 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2008 7.26 1.93 7.26 1.93 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2010 7.45 1.87 7.45 1.87 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2012 7.71 1.78 7.71 1.78 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2014 7.66 1.70 7.66 1.70 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2016 7.82 1.68 7.82 1.68 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2018 7.82 1.70 7.82 1.70 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-a 2021 7.00 2.09 7.00 2.09 Average 7.41 1.86 7.41 1.86
Typical text:
When somebody would say "this person is very happy", is he right or wrong?
- correct
- 50-50
- incorrect
- difficult to say
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 3) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HP-u-sq-v-3-b 1954 1.98 0.73 Average 1.98 0.73
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-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1990 3.08 0.61 6.73 1.68 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1991 3.07 0.66 6.71 1.81 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1991 3.05 0.64 6.65 1.77 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1991 3.02 0.56 6.57 1.56 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1992 3.01 0.66 6.54 1.81 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1992 3.08 0.65 6.73 1.78 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1993 3.04 0.67 6.62 1.84 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1993 3.00 0.66 6.51 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1994 2.99 0.63 6.48 1.73 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1994 3.01 0.61 6.54 1.69 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1995 2.93 0.68 6.31 1.86 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1996 2.95 0.70 6.38 1.91 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1997 2.73 0.70 5.77 1.91 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1998 2.87 0.68 6.15 1.85 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 1999 2.96 0.66 6.40 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2000 2.80 0.68 5.94 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2000 2.96 0.63 6.39 1.75 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2001 2.96 0.65 6.40 1.78 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2001 2.98 0.66 6.46 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2002 2.97 0.64 6.42 1.77 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2002 2.91 0.66 6.26 1.80 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2003 2.84 0.72 6.06 1.98 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2004 3.02 0.68 6.57 1.86 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2005 3.02 0.68 6.57 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2005 2.95 0.70 6.37 1.92 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2006 2.95 0.68 6.38 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2006 2.99 0.72 6.49 1.97 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2007 3.07 0.68 6.71 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2007 3.01 0.71 6.54 1.96 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2008 2.97 0.70 6.43 1.91 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2008 3.01 0.69 6.54 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2009 3.07 0.70 6.71 1.92 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2009 3.06 0.65 6.68 1.79 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2010 3.08 0.67 6.74 1.85 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2010 3.04 0.68 6.63 1.87 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2011 3.11 0.65 6.82 1.78 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2011 3.13 0.66 6.87 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2012 3.14 0.65 6.90 1.79 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2012 3.13 0.64 6.87 1.77 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2013 3.16 0.66 6.96 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2013 3.16 0.66 6.96 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2014 3.19 0.61 7.04 1.70 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2014 3.19 0.63 7.04 1.74 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2015 3.19 0.61 7.04 1.70 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2015 3.24 0.62 7.18 1.72 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2016 3.18 0.66 7.02 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2016 3.21 0.61 7.08 1.69 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2017 3.23 0.66 7.16 1.82 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2017 3.24 0.60 7.18 1.67 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2018 3.23 0.61 7.15 1.71 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2018 3.23 0.61 7.15 1.71 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2019 3.24 0.63 7.18 1.76 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2019 3.25 0.61 7.20 1.68 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2020 3.25 0.62 7.20 1.73 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2021 3.23 0.62 7.15 1.71 O-SLL-u-sq-v-4-b 2021 3.26 0.59 7.23 1.65 Average 3.07 0.65 6.69 1.80
Typical text:
Overall, how satisfied are you with your life in general?
1 very dissatisfied
2 dissatisfied
3 somewhat dissatisfied
4 somewhat satisfied
5 satisfied
6 very satisfied
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 6) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SLW-c-sq-v-6-a 1993 4.39 0.99 Average 4.39 0.99
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 1997 7.61 1.79 7.34 1.99 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 1999 7.61 1.79 7.34 1.99 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-b 2003 7.23 1.94 6.92 2.16 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-b 2007 7.16 2.25 6.84 2.50 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2013 7.37 1.96 7.07 2.18 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-b 2016 7.30 7.00 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 2017 7.64 1.83 7.37 2.03 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2018 7.74 1.69 7.49 1.87 Average 7.46 1.89 7.17 2.10
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-d 1990 7.05 1.88 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1991 6.95 1.90 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1992 6.91 1.82 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1993 7.50 1.77 7.50 1.77 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1993 6.88 1.89 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1994 6.85 1.85 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1996 6.90 1.78 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1997 6.79 1.80 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1998 7.60 7.60 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1998 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1998 6.95 1.78 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-g 1999 7.61 1.72 7.61 1.72 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 1999 6.98 1.77 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2000 7.08 1.79 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2001 7.50 7.50 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2001 7.11 1.74 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2002 6.96 2.24 6.96 2.24 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-ba 2002 7.31 1.79 7.31 1.79 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2002 7.04 1.76 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2003 6.96 1.77 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2004 6.79 2.27 6.79 2.27 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2004 6.80 1.83 O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-g 2005 7.94 1.65 7.94 1.65 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2005 6.95 1.84 O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-g 2006 7.99 1.78 7.99 1.78 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2006 6.83 2.18 6.83 2.18 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2006 6.92 1.79 O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-g 2007 7.10 7.10 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2007 6.70 6.70 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2007 6.94 1.79 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a 2008 7.18 1.86 7.18 1.86 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2008 6.95 2.22 6.95 2.22 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2008 6.98 1.76 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a 2009 7.28 1.73 7.28 1.73 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2009 6.97 1.78 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2010 7.25 2.11 7.25 2.11 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2010 7.24 1.75 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2011 6.97 1.93 6.97 1.93 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2011 7.18 1.74 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2012 7.60 2.00 7.60 2.00 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2012 7.19 1.74 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cj 2013 7.30 7.30 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2013 7.31 1.76 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2014 7.52 1.97 7.52 1.97 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2014 7.25 1.73 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2015 7.38 1.73 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2016 7.52 2.01 7.52 2.01 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2016 7.35 1.81 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-d 2017 7.33 1.78 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2018 7.66 1.96 7.66 1.96 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cc 2018 7.40 7.40 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-cd 2021 7.08 2.30 7.08 2.30 Average 7.17 1.86 7.32 1.97
Typical text:
A: How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?
B: How satisfied are you with how your life has turned out so far?
C: How happy are you?
0 extremely dissatisfied
:
10 extremely satisfied
Finding Measure Code Year Original (0 - 10) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-Sum-*-mq-n-11-a 2006 6.89 6.89 Average 6.89 6.89
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 2007 6.93 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2008 6.64 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2009 6.98 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2010 7.20 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2011 7.26 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2012 7.35 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2013 7.57 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2014 7.46 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2015 7.49 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2016 7.46 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2017 7.58 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2018 7.71 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2019 7.65 Average 7.33
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 2008 50.00 Average 50.00
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 56.75 7.84 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2009 58.54 7.93 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2010 61.14 8.06 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2011 62.85 8.14 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2012 63.42 8.17 Average 60.53 8.03
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 49.00 7.50 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2007 47.00 7.40 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2008 47.00 7.40 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2009 48.00 7.40 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2010 51.00 7.60 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2011 54.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2012 55.00 7.80 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2013 49.00 7.50 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2014 53.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2015 53.00 7.65 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2016 51.00 7.55 Average 50.64 7.56
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 2008 46.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-o 2012 57.13 Average 51.56
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 2008 43.00 Average 43.00
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 2002 6.26 1.87 6.26 1.87 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2005 6.62 1.80 6.62 1.80 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 6.41 1.86 6.41 1.86 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 6.42 1.87 6.42 1.87 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2008 6.52 1.77 6.52 1.77 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2009 6.64 1.87 6.64 1.87 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2010 6.72 1.86 6.72 1.86 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2011 6.62 1.85 6.62 1.85 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2012 6.70 1.83 6.70 1.83 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2013 6.97 1.82 6.97 1.82 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2014 6.98 1.66 6.98 1.66 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2015 7.04 1.65 7.04 1.65 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2016 6.87 1.78 6.87 1.78 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2017 7.07 1.44 7.07 1.44 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2018 7.12 1.62 7.12 1.62 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2019 7.04 1.77 7.04 1.77 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2020 7.31 7.31 Average 6.78 1.77 6.78 1.77
Typical text:
On the whole my life is close to how I would like it to be
- strongly agree
- agree
- neither agree nor disagree
- disagree
- strongly disagree
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD C-RA-u-sq-v-5-a 2007 3.68 1.15 6.36 2.30 Average 3.68 1.15 6.36 2.29
Typical text:
The joy and satisfaction moments from your life are
- very rare
- rare
- neither frequent nor rare
- frequent
- very frequent
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD M-TH-u-sq-v-5-c 2002 3.22 0.76 5.56 1.91 Average 3.22 0.76 5.56 1.91
Typical text:
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2005 57.84 7.89 A-AB-cw-mq-v-4-c 2006 1.17 0.71 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2007 50.17 7.51 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-j 2011 0.60 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2013 53.85 7.69 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2014 59.76 7.99 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2015 56.18 7.81 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2016 55.05 7.75 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2017 54.01 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2018 53.71 7.69 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2019 52.44 7.62 Average