Findings on happiness in Burger & Veenhoven (2016): study CR 2006

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, Costa Rica, 2006
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2014
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =1000
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
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