Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Physical states

StudyVanBeuningen & Moonen (2013a): study NL 2007
TitleGezondheid Belangrijker voor Geluk dan Leefstijl. (Health More Important for Happiness then Lifestyle.)
SourceBevolkingstrends, Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS), April 2013, the Hague, Netherlands
Public18+ aged, general public, Netherlands, 2007,2008,2009
SampleProbability sample (unspecified)
Respondents N =27358

Author's labelNorm for sufficient exercise
Page in Source 2,4,8
Our classificationPhysical states
Physical exercise is measured with the Short 
Questionaire to Assess Health enhancing physical 
activity (SQUASH). People 18 years or older who comply 
with the norm complete for a minimum of 5 days at least 
30 minutes moderate-intensive physical activities. For 
55 plus same norms are valid but with a lower 
Norm for sufficient exercise:
0: not
1: yes
Different values for male and female.

Observed Relation with Happiness
males   r = +.04
females r = +.06
18 to 25 years:    r =  0,02
25 to 45 years:    r =  0,01
45 to 65 years:    r =  0,05
65 years or older: r =  0,11
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dOR=1,34 p < .01
sexe or = 1,17 p<.05
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dOR=1,49 p < .01
age 18-25 vs. 65 plus or = 0,62 p<.01

Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
O-HP-u-sq-v-5-dSelfreport on single question:

To what extent do you think of yourself as a happy person?
5 very happy
4 happy
3 neither happy nor unhappy
2 unhappy
1 very unhappy
- don't know

Appendix 2: Statistics used
OROR: Odds ratio in binary logistic regression.

Happiness is a binary or dichotomous variable with Happy =1 and Unhappy=0.

OR < 1 indicates that the odds of being happy-to-being unhappy
decreases by a factor OR when

1) the corresponding metric correlate increases by one unit
2) the corresponding category of a categorical correlate is compared to the reference category.

OR > 1 indicates an increase by a factor OR for both the above cases.
Ruut Veenhoven, World Database of Happiness, Collection of Correlational Findings, Erasmus University Rotterdam.