Findings on happiness in Helliwell et al. (2014): study US 2004

Author(s)Helliwell, J.F.; Huang, H.; Wang, S.
TitleSocial Capital and Well-Being in Times of Crisis.
SourceJournal of Happiness Studies, 2014, Vol. 15, 145 - 162
DOIDOI: 10.1007/s10902-013-9441-z
Public18+ aged general public, urban areas, USA, 2008-2011
Collect periodSeptember, November
Last assesment2008
Survey nameGallup International
 Gallup-Healthways Poll
SampleSelection from general population sample
 Final sample covers 256 metropolitan areas, representing 220 million residents in the 2000 US Census
Respondents N =952433
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: telephone (CATI)
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 10 best possible 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
Author's labelCantril ladder
Page in publication151
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Social Capital average of all indicators (SC)show  Social participation in region
Social Capital broad engagement (SC1)show  Social participation in region
Social Capital close engagement (SC2)show  Intimate relations in region
Unemployedshow  Unemployed involuntary