- Average enjoyment of life assessed by means of surveys in general public samples. Data are taken from the Rank Report Average Happiness over this period
- Life expectancy is estimated on the basis of civil registrations of birth and death around 2015. Source: World Life-expectancy Chart .
- ‘Happy Life Years’ is an estimate of how long and happy the average citizen will live in that nation in this era.
Computation: 0-1 enjoyment of life multiplied by expected length of life.
Also referred to as: “Happy Life-Expectancy” (HLE) or “Happiness Adjusted Life-Years”, shortened as “HALY’s (Analogous to “Disability Adjusted Life Years”. or “DALY’s).
This variable is described in more detail in Veenhoven. R. Happy Life Expectancy. A comprehensive indicator of quality of life in nations. in: Social Indicators Research. 1996. vol.39. pp. 1-58.
Further argumentation of theoretical significance of this measure can be found in Veenhoven. R. The four qualities of life: Ordering concepts and measures of the good life, in Journal of Happiness Studies. 2000. vol. 1. pp. 1-39.
This measure scored highest in a scholarly review of indicators. See: Hagerty. M. et. al. ‘Quality of Life indexes for national policy: Review and agenda for research’. Social Indicators Research. 2001. vol. 55. pp. 1-96.
- This list is included in the SPSS datafile States of Nations as variable HLY_LSBW10.11-PlusImputations_2010s
Rank report of Happy Life Years in nations in the 2010s