Findings on happiness in Michalos (1980): study CA 1979

Author(s)Michalos, A.C.
TitleSatisfaction and Happiness.
SourceSocial Indicators Research, 1980, Vol. 8, 385 - 422
PublicUniversity staff members, Guelph Canada, 1979
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Non-probablity chunk sample.All members of the staff association of the University of Guelph
Respondents N =357
Non Response59%
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Mailed questionnaire
General remarksThe exerpted article includes diagrams illustrating the relationship between life-satisfaction or general happiness and goalachievement, and the latter in relation to best previous experience and the status of average folks.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: How do you feel about your life as a whole right now.....? 7 delightful 6 very satisfying 5 satisfying 4 mixed 3 dissatisfying 2 very dissatisfying 1 terrible No opinion Name: Andrews & Withey's `Delighted-Terrible Scale' ( modified version)
Author's labelSatisfaction with life
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.06

Full textSelfreport on single question: Considering your life as a whole, would you describe it as....:? 1 very unhappy 2 | unhappy 3 4 an even mixture of unhappiness and happiness 5 | happy 6 7 very happy no opinion
Author's labelHappiness
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.28

Full textSelfreport on single question: "Some people have certain goals or aspirations for various aspects of their lives. They aim for a particular sort of home, income, family lifestyle, and so on. Compared to your general aims and goals, how would you say that your life measures up to it.....?" 1 not at all 2 fairly 3 poorly 4 half as well as your goal 5 fairly 6 well 7 matches your goal
Author's labelGoal achievement
Finding used in
nation ranks
 On original range 1 - 7On range 0 - 10
Standard deviation1.06

Correlational findings

Author's labelSubject Code
Subject description
Demographics&domain satisfactionsS15ab04Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Goal achievementH07aa03cO-HL by C-RW
Joint effectsS15ab04Socio-demographic + life-appraisals
Life compared with best previous experienceL04ae01bLife compared with earlier situation
Life compared with that of average folksL04ae01dLife compared with situation of others
Satisfaction with ability to get aroundI01af05bSatisfaction with financial situation
Satisfaction with educationE01ad04Satisfaction with education
Satisfaction with family lifeF03ac02Satisfaction with family-life
Satisfaction with financial securityI01af05cSatisfaction with financial security
Satisfaction with free time activityL03ad03bSatisfaction with leisure activities
Satisfaction with friendshipsF06ah04Satisfaction with friends
Satisfaction with healthH14af04Satisfaction with health
Satisfaction with housingH22ae02Satisfaction with housing
Satisfaction with jobW05ad01Satisfaction with work-as-a-whole
Satisfaction with security from crimeL17ab02bSatisfaction with safety in vinicity
Satisfaction with the area you live inL16acAttitudes to local environment
Self esteemS02ad02Evaluation of self-as-a-whole