# Distributional Findings on Happiness by measure type and by year in the general public of New Zealand (NZ)

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-f 1991 3.18 0.63 7.01 1.75 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 1998 3.28 0.57 7.71 1.40 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2005 3.36 0.53 7.91 1.24 O-HL-c-sq-v-4-f 2007 3.28 0.61 7.29 1.70 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2011 3.29 0.58 7.73 1.44 O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a 2019 3.26 0.58 7.66 1.47 Average 3.27 0.58 7.55 1.50
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-g-sq-v-5-ca 2004 4.07 0.87 7.24 1.87 O-HL-g-sq-v-5-cc 2004 4.17 0.75 7.44 1.62 Average 4.12 0.81 7.34 1.75
Typical text:
Considering your life as a whole, would you describe it as
- very unhappy
- unhappy
- mixed
- happy
- very happy
very happy = 7 .... very unhappy = 1
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 7) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-HL-g-sq-v-7-a 2002 5.48 0.97 7.77 1.92 Average 5.48 0.97 7.77 1.92
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-SLW-c-sq-v-5-na 2004 4.03 0.79 7.94 1.77 O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-nc 2004 4.11 0.76 8.12 1.64 O-SLW-c-sq-v-5-g 2008 4.07 0.87 8.03 1.88 Average 4.07 0.80 8.03 1.76
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 1998 7.70 2.03 7.45 2.25 O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a 2004 7.89 1.87 7.65 2.07 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2011 7.64 1.95 7.38 2.16 * O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-I 2019 7.55 1.87 7.28 2.08 Average 7.70 1.93 7.44 2.14
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-cb 2005 69.80 20.20 6.98 2.02 O-SLW-c-sq-n-11-a 2008 7.81 1.71 7.81 1.71 Average 38.81 10.96 7.39 1.86
Typical text:
How would you rate your quality of life?
- very good
- good
- neither good nor poor
- poor
- very poor
Finding Measure Code Year Original (1 - 5) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD O-QOL-u-sq-v-5-c 2004 4.12 0.67 Average 4.12 0.67
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 7.64 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2007 7.80 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2008 7.22 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2010 7.47 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2011 7.60 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2012 7.68 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2013 7.81 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2014 7.64 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2015 7.76 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2016 7.69 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2017 7.76 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2018 7.91 O-SLW-*-ds-nt-11-a 2019 7.75 Average 7.67
Typical text:
Average of reported positive affects minus average of negative affects. Various lists of recent affective experiences
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-4 - 4) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-BK-cm-mq-v-5-a 1980 1.43 1.08 6.80 Average 1.43 1.08 6.80
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 71.00 Average 71.00
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 62.24 8.11 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2010 61.25 8.06 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2011 65.38 8.27 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-tb 2012 65.94 8.30 Average 63.70 8.19
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 53.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2007 55.00 7.80 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2008 51.00 7.60 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2010 53.00 7.70 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 60.00 8.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2014 54.00 7.70 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2015 59.00 7.95 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-mb 2016 54.00 7.70 Average 54.80 7.76
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 54.00 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-o 2013 61.27 Average 57.64
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 53.00 Average 53.00
Typical text:
Finding Measure Code Year Original (-100 - 100) Scale (0 - 10) mean SD mean SD A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2006 66.09 8.30 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2007 61.60 8.08 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-j 2011 0.67 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2013 68.36 8.42 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2014 64.85 8.24 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2015 67.38 8.37 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2016 62.55 8.13 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2017 64.57 8.23 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2018 67.74 8.39 A-AB-yd-mq-v-2-fb 2019 62.48 8.12 Average 58.63 8.25
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 7.31 1.74 7.31 1.74 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2007 7.60 1.60 7.60 1.60 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2008 7.38 1.66 7.38 1.66 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2010 7.22 1.69 7.22 1.69 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2011 7.19 1.71 7.19 1.71 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2012 7.25 1.72 7.25 1.72 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2013 7.28 1.66 7.28 1.66 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2014 7.31 1.68 7.31 1.68 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2015 7.42 1.50 7.42 1.50 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2016 7.23 1.74 7.23 1.74 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2017 7.33 1.65 7.33 1.65 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2018 7.37 1.57 7.37 1.57 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2019 7.21 1.79 7.21 1.79 C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c 2020 7.26 7.26 Average 7.31 1.67 7.31 1.67