Findings on happiness in Oishi et al. (2007a): study 1981

Author(s)Oishi, S.; Diener, E.; Lucas, R.E.
TitleThe Optimum Level of Well-Being. Can People Be Too Happy?
SourcePerspectives on Psychological Science, 2007, Vol. 2, 346 - 360
Public18+ aged, general public, 96 nations, 1981-2000
Last assesment2000
 1981, 1990, 1995, 2000.
Survey nameWorldValuesSurv 1-5
SampleProbability multi-stage cluster sample
 Non-probability sample of nations, Probability samples within nations
Respondents N =118519
Non ResponseNot available
 not reported
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days? 1 dissatisfied 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 satisfied
Author's labelWorld Values Survey
Page in publication349
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Educationshow  Level of school-education
Political activityshow  Political participation
Salary, Incomeshow  Personal income
Stable long-term relationshipsshow  Current love-life
Stable long-term relationshipsshow  Living alone or not, also classified as above ↑
Stable long-term relationshipsshow  Steady love-relation, also classified as above ↑
Volunteer activitiesshow  Voluntary work