Correlational finding on Happiness and subject: Contentment and happiness

StudyDelhey & Kroll (2012): study ZZ OECD member states 2008
TitleA " Happiness Test" for the New Measures of the National Well-Being: How much Better than GDP are They?
SourceWZB Discussion Paper SP I 2012-201, 2012, Berlin, Germany
URLhttp://bibliothek.wzb.eu/pdf/2012/i12-201.pdf
Public18+ aged, general public, OECD member states, 2008
SampleProbability stratified sample
Non-Response
Respondents N =340000

Correlate
Author's labelCorrelations happiness-measurements
Page in Source 17
Our classificationContentment and happiness
Operationalization
a. C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c (Cantril, Contentment)
b. O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a (Life Happiness)
c. O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a (Life-satisfaction)

Observed Relation with Happiness
Happiness
Measure
StatisticsElaboration/Remarks
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-cr=+.69 p < .01
Average C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c by 
Average O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-ar=+.81 p < .01
Average O-HL-u-sq-v-4-a by 
Average O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-ar=+.77 p < .01
Average O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-a by
Average C-BW-c-sq-l-11-c


Appendix 1: Happiness measures used
CodeFull Text
C-BW-c-sq-l-11-cSelfreport on single question:

Here is ladder representing the 'ladder of life'. Let's suppose the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you; and the bottom, the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time?
10 best possible
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0 worst possible life

This question was followed (not preceded) by items on life 5 years ago and 5 years from now.
O-HL-u-sq-v-4-aSelfreport on single question:

Taking all things together, would you say you are.....?
4 very happy
3 quite happy
2 not very happy
1 not at all happy.
O-SLW-c-sq-n-10-aSelfreport on single question:

All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as-a-whole these days?
1 dissatisfied
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 satisfied


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