Findings on happiness in Robinson & Martin (2008): study US 1972 /1

Author(s)Robinson, J.P.; Martin, S.
TitleWhat Do Happy People Do?
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 2008, Vol. 89, 565 - 571
Public18+ aged, general public, USA, 1972-2006
Last assesment2006
Survey nameUS-GSS 1972-2006
SampleProbability multi-stage random
Respondents N =5005
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Taking all together, how would you say things are these days? Would you say you are .....? 3 very happy 2 pretty happy 1 not too happy
Author's labelHappiness
Page in publication566,569,570
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Frequency of newspaper daysshow  Reading
Frequency of newspaper daysshow  Reading, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of sexshow  Sexual activity
Frequency of visiting a barshow  Eating/drinking out
Frequency of visiting a barshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Frequency of visiting religious servicesshow  Participation in church
Internet hours per weekshow  Time on internet
Internet hours per weekshow  Time spend on internet, also classified as above ↑
Rushed to do thingsshow  Current stress
Rushed to do thingsshow  Perceived time-pressure, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with friendsshow  Socializing
Socialize with friendsshow  Visits to friends, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with neigborsshow  Social contacts in vinicity
Socialize with neigborsshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with relativesshow  Contacts with relatives
Socialize with relativesshow  Frequency of intimate contacts, also classified as above ↑
Socialize with relativesshow  Socializing, also classified as above ↑
Time on handsshow  Attitudes to one self
Time on handsshow  Perceived control over ones time, also classified as above ↑
TV hours/dayshow  Tv watching, radio listening
TV hours/dayshow  TV watching, radio listening, also classified as above ↑
Work hours per weekshow  Hours work
Work hours per weekshow  Working, also classified as above ↑
Work%show  Current employment status