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Distributional Findings on Happiness by measure type and by year in the general public of Hong Kong (HK)

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-HL-c-sq-v-3-ah 2000 1.87 0.54 6.04 1.94 Average 1.87 0.54 6.04 1.94
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-ga 2000 2.82 0.65 6.07 2.17 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2005 2.90 0.48 6.77 1.49 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2014 3.11 0.61 7.28 1.65 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2018 2.91 0.62 6.73 1.82 Average 2.94 0.59 6.71 1.78
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-b 2005 7.14 1.69 7.14 1.69 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-b 2006 7.06 1.83 7.06 1.83 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-b 2007 6.73 2.16 6.73 2.16 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-b 2008 6.93 1.96 6.93 1.96 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-b 2009 6.91 2.19 6.91 2.19 O-HL-u-sq-n-11-b 2010 7.01 1.86 7.01 1.86 Average 6.96 1.95 6.96 1.95
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-?-sq-v-4-c 2000 2.76 0.67 Average 2.76 0.67
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-SLu-c-sq-v-5-n 2002 3.93 1.15 6.85 1.71 O-SLu-c-sq-v-5-n 2005 3.93 1.19 6.86 1.76 Average 3.93 1.17 6.85 1.74
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 2005 6.41 1.93 6.01 2.14 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2014 6.85 1.84 6.50 2.04 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2018 6.66 1.89 6.28 2.10 Average 6.64 1.89 6.26 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-u-sq-n-11-j 2007 7.19 1.68 7.19 1.68 O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-j 2008 6.91 2.07 6.91 2.07 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a 2009 6.00 6.00 O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-j 2009 7.06 1.80 7.06 1.80 * O-SLW-u-sq-n-11-j 2010 6.94 2.14 6.94 2.14 Average 6.82 1.93 6.82 1.93
Typical text:
How satisfied are you with the quality of your life?
- very dissatisfied
- fairly dissatisfied
- neither satisfied not dissatisfied
- satisfied
- very satisfied
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-SQL-c-sq-v-5-b 2003 2.72 Average 2.72
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 6.76 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2008 6.04 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2009 6.53 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2010 6.83 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2011 6.83 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2012 6.86 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2014 6.70 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2016 6.86 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2017 6.72 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2019 6.89 Average 6.70
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 2006 69.00 Average 69.00
Typical text:
Did you feel yesterday.. (yes/no)?
- enjoyment
- worry
- sadness
- 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 48.23 7.41 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2009 55.20 7.76 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2010 52.73 7.64 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2011 53.82 7.69 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2012 53.18 7.66 Average 52.62 7.63
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
- sadness
- 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 41.00 7.05 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2008 38.00 6.90 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2009 42.00 7.10 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2010 46.00 7.30 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2011 46.00 7.30 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2012 46.00 7.30 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2014 39.00 7.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2016 41.00 7.05 Average 42.38 7.13
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 2012 47.23 Average 47.22
Typical text:
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2006 48.73 7.44 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-j 2011 0.53 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2014 44.11 7.21 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2016 45.10 7.25 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2017 43.89 7.19 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2019 24.17 6.21 Average 34.42 7.06
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 2006 5.51 1.91 5.51 1.91 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2008 5.14 1.85 5.14 1.85 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2009 5.40 1.97 5.40 1.97 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2010 5.64 1.75 5.64 1.75 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2011 5.47 1.94 5.47 1.94 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2012 5.48 1.94 5.48 1.94 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2014 5.46 1.81 5.46 1.81 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2016 5.50 1.82 5.50 1.82 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2017 5.36 1.78 5.36 1.78 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2019 5.66 1.80 5.66 1.80 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2020 5.30 5.29 Average 5.45 1.86 5.45 1.86
Typical text:
- In most ways my life is close to ideal
- I am satisfied with my life
- The conditons of my life are excellent
- So far I have gotten the things I want from life
Left out: 'If I could live my life over again, I would not change anything'

Left out: 'The conditions of my life are excellent' since this item does not fit the concept of happiness
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD M-CO-u-mq-v-5-ba 2003 2.72 Average 2.72