Findings on happiness in Diener et al. (1995b): study US Illinois 1990

Author(s)Diener, E.; Fujita, F.; Wolsic, B.
TitlePhysical Attractiveness and Subjective Well-Being.
SourceJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1995, Vol. 69, 120 - 129
PublicCollege students, USA, 199?
 Year of data gathering not reported
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability purposive sample
 Students enrolled in a course on Subjective Well-being at the University of Illinois.
Respondents N =221
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Use the list below to answer the following question: IN GENERAL, HOW HAPPY OR UNHAPPY DO YOU USUALLY FEEL? Check the one statement that best describes your average happiness. 10 extremely happy (feeling ecstatic, joyous, fantastic!) 9 very happy (feeling really good and elated!) 8 pretty happy (spirits high, feeling good) 7 mildly happy (feeling fairly good and somewhat cheerful) 6 slightly happy ( just a bit above neutral) 5 slightly unhappy (just a bit below neutral) 4 mildly unhappy (just a bit low) 3 pretty unhappy (somewhat "blue", spirits down) 2 very unhappy ( depressed, spirits very low) 1 extremely unhappy (utterly depressed, completely down) Name: Fordyce's overall happiness item.
Author's labelGlobal happiness
Page in publication121
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport of frequency of affects on 6 questions; Lead item not reported A Fear B Anger C Sad D Guilty E Joy F Affection Rating scale not reported Summation: mean A+B+C+D minus mean E+ F
Author's labelAffect adjective scale
Page in publication121
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Physical attractivenessshow  Ratings of good looks by others
Self-perceived physical attractivenessshow  Self rating of good looks