Findings on happiness in Helliwell et al. (2016): study ZZ 2012

Author(s)Helliwell, J.F.; Huang, H.; Wang, S.
TitleThe Distribution of World Happiness.
SourceWorld Happiness Report, 2016, Vol.1, 8 - 48
Public15+ aged, general public, 156 nations, 2005-2015
Last assesment2015
Survey nameGallupWorldPoll2016
SampleProbability area sample
Respondents N =1560000
 156 countries included over a 10 year period (2005-2015). About 1000 respondents per country per year
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
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 publication14
RemarksWorld as a whole.
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.242.24

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Freedom to make life choicesshow  Perceived freedom in nation
Generosityshow  Helping in nation
Healthy life expectancy at birthshow  Life-expectancy in the nation
Log GDP per Capitashow  Gross National Product
Perceptions of corruptionshow  Corruption in nation
Social supportshow  Perceived availability of social support
Summed determinantsshow  Summed effects of current societal conditions (macro level)