Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1994c): study ZZ Developed nations 1948

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleIs Happiness a Trait? Test of the Theory that a Better Society does not Make People any Happier.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1994, Vol. 32, 101 - 160
PublicAdults, general public, 9 developed nations, 1948-1981
 Australia, Great Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, USA
Last assesment1981
 1948 and 1981
Survey nameNot available
 Data on happiness taken from this World Database of Happiness
SampleSelection from general population sample
 Non-probability sample of nations, Probability samples within nations
Respondents N =9
 9 nations, about 10.000 respondents
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelf report on single question: Various questions on overall satisfaction with life as a whole. Scores transformed to scale 0-10
Author's labelhappiness
Page in publication133
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

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Relative temperal stability of average happiness in nationsshow  Current nation of residence
Relative temperal stability of average happiness in nationsshow  Trend in general public, also classified as above ↑