Findings on happiness in Weinberg et al. (2014): study AU 2012

Author(s)Weinberg, M.K.; Cummins, R.A.; Hammond, T.G.
TitleThe Impact of Laughter Yoga on Subjective Well-Being: A Pilot Study.
SourceEuropean Journal of Humour Research, 2014, Vol. 1, 25 - 34
PublicParticipants in a laughter Yoga Class and a control group , Australia 200?
 The experimental group were participants of Laughter Yoga clubs: Mean Age of 58.86. Female percentage of 72.7 Control group statistics of Age and gender: Mean age of 59.5. Female percentage of 52.3.
Survey nameUnnamed study
SampleNon-probability self-selected
 Experimental group recruited from different Yoga clubs. Control group a random sample from the 23rd longitudinal survey of the Australian Unity Well being index.
Respondents N =88
 Each group consists of 44 participants. In each group one participant who produced an outlier score was removed
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
General remarksYear of study not reported. Assumed 2007
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Thinking about your own life and personal circumstances, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole? 0 completely unsatisfied 1 2 3 4 5 neither unsatisfied nor satisfied 6 7 8 9 10 completely satisfied First item in Cummins' 'Personal Well-being Scale' (labels used since 2005)
Author's labelGeneral Life Satisfaction
Page in publication28
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 0 - 10On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation2.16

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH04ab02Actual changes in happiness
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH16ae01abCourse, class, training group, also classified as above ↑
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH16ae02aExercise, also classified as above ↑
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH16ad03fLaugher yoga, also classified as above ↑
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH16ae06dNo particular setting, recruitment on interest, also classified as above ↑
Laughter Yoga ParticipationH16ae05dVoluntary, unsolicited, also classified as above ↑
Laughter Yoga ParticipationA02ac16Yoga, also classified as above ↑