Findings on happiness in Burger & Veenhoven (2016): study IE 2015

Author(s)Burger, M.; Veenhoven, R.
TitleTrend in level and dispersion of happiness in nations 2006-2015: Is there a difference between the affective and cognitive component?
SourceEHERO working paper 2016/1
Public15+ aged, general public, Ireland, 2015
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2015
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =997
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
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.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on 10 questions: A Did you feel well-rested yesterday? B Were you treated with respect yesterday? C Did you smile and laugh a lot yesterday D Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday? Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT of the day yesterday? E How about enjoyment? F How about physical pain? G How about worry? H How about sadness? I How about stress? J How about anger? Rated: 0: no 1: yes Computation: - Average % positive affect = (A+B+C+D+E)/5 - Average % negative affect = (F+G+H+I+J)/5 - Affect Balance = Average % positive affect - Average % negative affect These questions do not measure hedonic level of affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with typical average mood. Yet these questions can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples. Transformation to 0-10 scale: (percent abs)*0.05 + 5
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -100 - 100On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation