Findings on happiness in Moum (1988): study NO Nord-Trøndelag 1984

Author(s)Moum, T.
TitleYea-saying and Mood-of-the-Day Effects in Self-Reported Quality of Life.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1988, Vol. 20, 117 - 139
Public20+ aged, general public, Noth Trondelag county, followed 2 years, Norway, 1984-1986
Last assesment1986
 T1:1984, T2:1984, T3:1986
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 In a mid-Norwegian county 90% of the adults were medically screened. Those who had to be reexamined because of too high blood pressure or glucose were asked to participate in the study. Questionnaires were administered at three successive dates (T1,T2 and T3). Intervals between those dates ranged from a few days to a few months.
Respondents N =622
Non Response20%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "How satisfied are you with your life currently?" 0 Not at all 1 2 3 4 neutral 5 6 7 8 A great deal
Author's labelOverall life satisfaction
Error estimatesReliability: _= .75 Validity:
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Actual past happinessshow  Recent happiness (< 1 year ago)
Personalityshow  Later personality traits
Personalityshow  PERSONALITY: CURRENT TRAITS, also classified as above ↑
Resignationshow  Earlier resignation
Yea-sayingshow  Agreeing, yea-saying
Yea-sayingshow  Response tendencies, also classified as above ↑