Self-anchoring category rating scales seem to fulfill this requirement, since satisfaction is also referred to in the literature as the Self-Anchoring Striving Scale . Scales by Ed Diener. Joseph Smiley Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, University of Illinois., Source: Hadley Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Striving. negative feelings); Brief Psychological Well-Being Scale; Comprehensive Psychological Well-Being Scale; Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Striving Scale (Ladder).

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Kim JE, Moen P. Respondents who completed the first wave were then invited to answer questions in the second wave.

Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Ladder

The conditions of my life are excellent. Although the concepts asked in the different measures are in some cases the same, measures differ in the response scales used and so, we will study sef-anchoring correspondence across these different response scales.

It is of interest nevertheless to investigate if the well-being measures covary with other variables in a plausible manner and to see if the relation between well-being and the right hand side variables steiving the same for each measure.

Did you experience enjoyment during a lot of the day yesterday?

A prominent example is the so-called Easterlin paradox, where some authors found that happiness levels across countries show no relationship with the level of economic development of a country Easterlin, while others found a monotonic relationship between economic development and subjective well-being Deaton ; Kahneman and Deaton ; Stevenson and Wolfers Eudemonic measures refer to the existence of underlying psychological needs, encompassing various dimensions of wellness, such as autonomy, personal growth, or purpose in life, which contribute towards well-being independently of any positive affect they may convey Dolan et al.

In their original form, the Gallup and HWB12 measures are straightforward to use, since they produce ratings of a number of affect items.

The first module was administered from the beginning of May until Julywhile the second module started to be administered at the end of May and was in the field until early August Our objective when choosing the measures for our questionnaires was to represent common well-being measures, often used in existing studies, and with different time requirements for the cantri, in order to be able to compare the concepts they are capturing.

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The experiment confirms a number of findings in the literature and yields some new results. Now, please pause briefly to think about yesterdayfrom the morning until the end of the day. HWB12 generates sef-anchoring experienced factors. What explains the gender gap in financial literacy? Overall, a theme emerges of evaluative measures having different properties than experienced well-being measures. National Bureau of Economic Research; Out of 4, eligible respondents three respondents of the first wave were not available for the second wave4, respondents answered the module for the second wave, resulting in a response rate of On which step of the ladder would you say you cntril 5 years ago?

This confirms prior findings of positive and negative affects as highly distinctive, orthogonal dimensions—not opposites that would be strongly negatively correlated—so that individuals can be experiencing both positive and negative affect simultaneously Watson et al.

The remainder of the paper is structured as follows. What did you do yesterday and how did you feel? Results of this analysis will be useful to inform studies that aim at including these different measures. Nations and households in economic growth. Evaluative and hedonic wellbeing among those with and without children at home.

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Yesterday striivng you do any health-related activities other than walking or exercise? Although the concepts asked in the different experienced measures included in our experiment are in some cases the same, measures differ in the scales of their questions and so, we also studied the correspondence across these different scales.


Finally, we also included questions from the so called HWB12, a newly developed experienced well-being measure by Smith and Stonewhich has been included in the wave of HRS. Did you feel well-rested yesterday morning that is, you slept well the night before? Yesterday, did you feel worried? Comparing these two types of measures is one of the objectives of this paper.

Additional module [Randomized order of emotions] Yesterday, did you feel depressed?

Dimensions of Subjective Well-Being

In order to disentangle those two effects, the next section shows the results of factor analyses when including a set of common items, which only differ in the response scales used.

Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? This suggests that the SWLS measures a dcale broader concept of syriving well-being than the other three measures. We investigate how the well-being measures are related to demographic variables, including race, gender, education level, age bracket, having a partner, as well as socio-economic variables such as income bracket and working status, while we also include self-reported health and number of children in the household in our model.

In the Gallup case a fourth experienced factor eigenvalue of 0.

Cantril’s Self-Anchoring Ladder

How did you feel when you were doing health-related activities yesterday? Experiment We fielded two waves of the ALP where we administered four evaluative well-being measures and three sets of experienced well-being measures. In general, it appears that the relation between experienced measures and demographics is much weaker than between evaluative measures and demographics.