Affect in nations

Summed affect

Variable Measurement Era SPSS code N Source
Positive affect Selfreport on 8 questions:
Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about...
- enjoyment?
- love?
Now please think about YESTERDAY, from the morning until the end of the day. Think of where you were, what you were doing and how you felt.
- Did you feel well rested yesterday?
- Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
- Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
- Would you like to have more days just like yesterday?
- Were you proud of something you did yesterday?
- Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
Rated: 1 yes, 0 no, - no answer, don't know
2006-2008 YesterdayPositiveAffect_2006.08 130 Gallup World Poll
Negative affect Selfreport on 6 questions:
Did you experience the following feelings during A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday? How about..
- physical pain
- worry
- sadness
- stress
- anger
- depression
- love
Rated: 1 yes, 0 no, - no answer, don't know
2006-2008 YesterdayNegativeAffect_2006.08 130 Gallup World Poll
Pleasure Quotient Test

Reported frequency and intensity of 10 pleasure area's on a 1-5 scale
5 sensory pleasures (gustatory, olfactory, visual, auditory, touch)
2 physiological pleasures (arousal, relaxation)
1 cognitively based pleasure (accomplishment)
2 social pleasures (in group, alone)

Reports made on an international website, visited by 229.675 individuals. Averages of nations with 300 responses or more

2008-2009 PleasureQuotient_2009 30 Biswas-Diener 2015

Specific affect

Variable Measurement Era SPSS code N Source
Anger Self report on single question: Did you experience feelings of anger A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
% yes
2006-2009 Anger_2006.09 142 GallupWorldPoll
Anxiety state Spielberger State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) applied in non-clinical samples 1970-2005 AnxietyState_1970-2005 28 Fischer & Boer 2011
Anxiety trait AnxietyTrait_1970-2005 24
Worry Self report on single question: Did you experience feelings of worry A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
% yes
2006-2009 Worry_2006.09 139 GallupWorldPoll
Sadness Self report on single question: Did you experience feelings of sadness A LOT OF THE DAY yesterday?
% yes
2006-2009 Sadness_2006.09 139 GallupWorldPoll

Notes:
1) These questions do not measure affect of individual persons adequately, since yesterday's mood does not always correspond with average mood in the last few weeks. Yet this question can be used for measuring hedonic level in agregates, such as nations, since individual variations balance out in big samples.
2) Positive and negative affect separately are no valid measure of happiness. Yet when taken together in an Affect Balance Score (NA is substracted from PA) they provide an acceptable measure of hedonic level of affect and are as such mentioned in topic 'happiness level'.


Related variables:
Affect Balance (Happiness)
Depression (Mental health)
Pain (Physical health: symptoms)
Stress (Mental health)
Emotionality (Personality)

Related topics:
Happiness Level
Mental health

Related themes:
Happiness
Health

States of Nations is an inventory of country characteristics. It is part of the World Database of Happiness


Keywords added: Cross-national, Positive affect (PA), Negative affect (NA), Mood of the day