Findings on happiness in Veenhoven (1984): study ZZ 1974 /1

Author(s)Veenhoven, R.
TitleConditions of Happiness.
SourceKluwer Academic, 1984 (reprint), Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Public15+ aged, general public, 14 nations and regions, 1974-1976
 Australia, USA, Canada, Great Britain, France, Western Germany, Italy, Benelux (The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland), Brasil, Mexico, India, Japan. Also included is South of the Sahara Africa.
Survey nameNot available
SampleNot available
 Probability area sampling. Samples representative for countries; not representative for parts of the world.
Respondents N =6563
Non ResponseNot available
AssesmentQuestionnaire: paper
 Conducted by Gallup bureaus in different countries.
Happiness measure(s) used
Full textSelfreport on single question: "To indicate how you feel about your life at this time, would you use this card? Suppose the top of the mountain represents the best life you can imagine, and the bottom step of the mountain represents the worst possible life you can imagine. On which step of the mountain would you say you personally feel you stand at this time? - assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it. Just point to the step that comes closest to how you feel" 10 best possible life 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 worst possible life (Mountain scale not reproduced here)
Author's labelOverall happiness.
Finding used in
nation ranks

Correlational findings

Author's label Our subject description
Average life expectancyshow  Life-expectancy in the nation
Civic disordersshow  Civil war in nation
Coercion by governmentshow  Political freedom in nation
Degree of 'interest democracy'show  Interest democracy (interest-groups) in nation
Freedom of pressshow  Freedom of press in nation
GNP per capitalshow  Gnp per capita (raw)
Income inequalityshow  Income inequality in nation
Inflationshow  Inflation in nation
Internal warshow  Civil war in nation
Liberal democracyshow  Parliamentary democracy in nation
Political protestshow  Political violence in nation
Public health expenditureshow  Public health in nation
Suicide ratesshow  Suicide in nation