Findings on happiness in Diener & Suh (2010): study KR 2010

Author(s)Diener, E.; Suh, E.M.
TitleUnhappiness in South Korea: Why it is High and What Might be done About It.
SourceProceedings of the Korean Psychological Association, 2010, Seoul, South Korea
Public15+ aged, general public, South Korea, 2010
Survey nameGallup World Polls
 First wave of the GWP
SampleProbability multistage stratified area sample
Respondents N =1100
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentMultiple methods
 Face-to-face in some countries, telephobe in other countries
General remarksAssumed year of studt 2010. Not reported.
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 labelLife Satisfaction Ladder
Page in publication3
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Full textSelfreport on 2 questions: Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? A enjoyment B depression Rated: : 0: no 1: yes Computation: - Average % positive affect = A - Average % negative affect = B - Affect Balance = A-B 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.
Author's labelFeelings Balance
Page in publication3
RemarksMean 35 means 35% more positive experiences than negative
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range -100 - 100On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Incomeshow  Current income level (unspecified)