Findings on happiness in Dunn et al. (2008): study US 2008 /1

Author(s)Dunn, E.W.; Aknin, L.B.; Norton, M.I.
TitleSpending Money on Others Promotes Happiness.
SourceScience, 2008, Vol. 319, 1687 - 1688
Public18+ aged, employees, followed 3 months before and after receiving a bonus, USA, 2008
 T1: one month before participants received a profit-sharing bonus T2: 6-8 weeks after receiving the profit-sharing bonus
Survey nameNot available
SampleNon-probability chunk sample
Respondents N =16
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: Do you feel happy in general? 1 no 2 rarely 3 sometimes 4 most of the time 5 yes
Author's labelGeneral Happiness
Page in publication2
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Bonus amountshow  Change in income
Bonus amountshow  Kinds of support provided, also classified as above ↑
Bonus amountshow  Specific current life-events, also classified as above ↑
General Happinessshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Incomeshow  Personal income
spendingshow  Charity
spendingshow  Financial, also classified as above ↑
spendingshow  Other people, also classified as above ↑