Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (2005c): study ZZ 1973

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleIs Life getting Better? How Long and Happily Do People live in Modern Society?
SourceEuropean Psychologist, 2005, Vol. 10, 330 - 343
PublicAdults, general public, EU 8 member states, USA and Japan, 1973-2002
 USA, Japan, EU member states: Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, UK, West Germany.
Survey nameNot available
 Data on happiness taken from World Database of Happiness collection 'Happiness in Nations'
SampleMixed samples
Respondents N =300000
 Sample sizes vary between 1000 and 2000 per year per nation
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textHappy Life Years Life-expectancy in nations multiplied by 0-1 average happiness as assessed with survey questions type O-HL
Author's labelhappy Life Years
Finding used in
nation ranks

Full textSelfreport on single question: Equivalent questions on overall happiness. (Slightly different items used in the various nations) Scores transformed to common range 0 - 10 by means of Thurstone procedure (response options weighted by experts) Weights for responses: 9.3 - very happy 6.7 - pretty happy 6.5 - fairly happy 4.1 - not too happy 3.7 - not very happy 2.7 - not happy 1.0 - not at all happy 0.6 - very unhappy
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Trend average happinessE03ab01aTrend in general public
Trend Happy Life Years (HLY)E03ab01aTrend in general public
Trend Happy Life Years 1973-2002E03ad01Trend happy life years