Findings on happiness in Gschwandtner et al. (2015): study GB 2012

Author(s)Gschwandtner, A.; Jewell, S.; Kambhampati, U
TitleOn the Relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness in the UK.
SourcePaper for 89th Annual Conference of AES, 2015, 1 - 33, Warwick, England
Public16+ aged, general public UK, 2012
 The data for this study are from the wave 2 and wave 5
Survey nameUK-BHPS combined waves
 wave 2 and 'Understanding Society Survey'
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =31946
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Interviews and self completion form
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How dissatisfied or satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 1 not satisfied at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 completely satisfied
Author's labellife satisfaction
Page in publication11
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation145.00241.67

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Ageshow  Current age (in years)
Age of youngest childshow  Age of children
Age of youngest childshow  Living with children, also classified as above ↑
Average daily portions of fruits and vegetablesshow  Healthy eating
Average daily portions of fruits and vegetablesshow  What one eats, also classified as above ↑
Days walk 30 mins per weekshow  Active involvement in sports
Days walk 30 mins per weekshow  Sporting, also classified as above ↑
Ease of access to sports facilitiesshow  Access to sports facilities
Ease of access to sports facilitiesshow  Sports facilities in vinicity, also classified as above ↑
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Ethnicityshow  Ethnic status in Britain
Household incomeshow  Household income
Job statusshow  Current employment status
Job statusshow  Current status: retired or not, also classified as above ↑
Job statusshow  Full-time home maker, also classified as above ↑
Job statusshow  Full-time vs part-time, also classified as above ↑
Job statusshow  Unemployed involuntary, also classified as above ↑
Job statusshow  Unfit for work, also classified as above ↑
Life styleshow  Current life-style
Life styleshow  Socio-demographic + life style, also classified as above ↑
Male/femaleshow  Sex (male vs female)
Marital statusshow  Living alone or not
Marital statusshow  Married vs never married, also classified as above ↑
Marital statusshow  Vs co-habiting, also classified as above ↑
Parents occupationshow  No living parents
Parents occupationshow  Socio-economic background (earlier for adults, current for young), also classified as above ↑
Single parent familyshow  Single parent
Smokingshow  Use of tobacco
Smokingshow  User career, also classified as above ↑
Sports activityshow  Active involvement in sports