Correlational finding on Happiness and Climate
Subject code: N05ab03

StudyDiener (1995a): study ZZ 1946
TitleSubjective Well-Being in Cross-Cultural Perspective.
SourceGrad, H.;et al;Eds.: "Proceedings of the 12th International Congress of Cross-Cultural Psychology", Swets & Zeitlinger, 1995, Netherlands
PublicAdults, general public, 43 nations, 1946-1992
SampleSelection from general population sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =43

Correlate
Author's labelYearly hours of sun
Page in Source 10
Our classificationClimate, code N05ab03
Operationalization
The number of hours of sun a country receives during an 
average year

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
M-CO---sq-*-11-ar=-.44 p < .05
O-HL---sq-nt-11-br=-.40 ns
O-SLW---sq-*-11-ar=-.41 p < .05


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
M-CO---sq-*-11-aSelf report on different single questions

Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale
- scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing
- scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching
O-HL---sq-nt-11-bSelf report on single question

Various items using the term happiness

Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale

Scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing

Scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching
O-SLW---sq-*-11-aSelf report on single question

Various items using the term 'satisfaction with life'

Responses transformed to common 0 to 10 scale
- scores on verbal response scales transformed using Thurstone's technique of expert weighing
- scores on numerical scales shorter than 11 step transformed by linear stretching


Appendix 2: Statistics used
SymbolExplanation
rPRODUCT-MOMENT CORRELATION COEFFICIENT (Also "Pearson's correlation coefficient' or simply 'correlation coefficient')
Type: test statistic.
Measurement level: Correlate: metric, Happiness: metric
Range: [-1; +1]

Meaning:
r = 0 no correlation ,
r = 1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with high happiness values, and
r = -1 perfect correlation, where high correlate values correspond with low happiness values.
Source:
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
https://worlddatabaseofhappiness.eur.nl