Findings on happiness in Headey & Veenhoven (1989): study AU AU Victoria 1981

Author(s)Headey, B.; Veenhoven, R.
TitleDoes Happiness Induce a Rosy Outlook?
SourceVeenhoven, R.;Ed.:"How Harmful is Happiness?", Universitaire Pers Rotterdam, 1989, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 106 - 127
Public18-65 aged, general public, followed 6 years, Melbourne, Australia, 1981-87
Last assesment1987
 T1:1981, T2:1983, T3:1985, T4:1987
Survey nameNot available
 Australian Quality of life panel.
SampleNot available
 Stratified probability sample of adults, living in Victoria. Panel members have been reinterviewed in 1983, 1985 and 1987. Finally 649 respondents remained.
Respondents N =649
Non ResponseAttrition T1-T4: 31%
AssesmentInterview: face-to-face
General remarks Same study also reported in HEADY 1984.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question asked twice in interview, "How do you feel about your life as a whole......?" 10 delightful 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 terrible Summation: mean Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delightful-Terrible Scale' (modified version)
Author's labelLife satisfaction
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Earlier happinessH04ab01bPast happiness ( 1 to 10 years ago)
Earlier life-eventsL06ab01gBalance of negative- and positive life-events
Percieved unfulfilled aspirationsH07aa03Overall happiness and contentment
Percieved unfulfilled aspirationsL07ac02bPerceived realization of life-goal set, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with friendsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14aa02dChange in satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health, also classified as above ↑
Satisfaction with jobW05aa02bChange in satisfaction with work
Satisfaction with marriageM03aa02bChange in satisfaction with marriage
Satisfaction with standard of livingI01aa03dLater satisfaction with income
Sense of relative superiorityS02ad03bRelative superiority