Gross National Happiness Index Round 3- The Happiness Initiative Happiness Alliance

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Gross National Happiness Index Round 3- The Happiness Initiative Happiness Alliance

  1. 1. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Happiness Alliance Home of the Happiness Initiative Gross National Happiness Index Round 3 2013- 2014 This document was written for The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness Index. It may be used for non-commercial purposes and with the understanding that you will share the data you collect. The Happiness Alliance issues unique codes to communities, cities, campuses, companies and others to gather aggregate data for groups in a grassroots effort to contribute to the happiness movement. We also work with pollsters to conduct random samples. Please contact info@happycounts.org for more information. The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross National Happiness Index requests that you use the following form of words to cite this document: Happiness Alliance. (2013). Happiness Index Round 3. Seattle: The Happiness Alliance, Developed by Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., & Goldenberg, E. To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get your own personal assessment of your happiness + well-being, go to happycounts.org Welcome to the Gross National Happiness Index. The survey takes most people 12-14 minutes to complete. At the end you will be given your personal results and guidance on how to interpret them. Below are the surveys for your groups. If you have not created a group or not a member of one, click the Gross National Happiness Index below. We follow the European Union’s Protection of Personal Data Directive 95/46/EU, the strongest code we know of for protecting personal data. You can read the full code and an executive summary online. In simple language: all of your responses will be anonymous; data is kept for as long as it is useful only; and information that personally identifies you will never be sold, traded or given away.
  2. 2. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Satisfaction With Life 2.102 Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to ten at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible. If the top step is 10 and the bottom step is 0, on which step of the ladder do you feel you personally stand at the present time? 0 – Worst possible life for you 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 – Best possible life for you 1.2 All things considered, how satisfied are you with life as a whole nowadays? Not at all satisfied 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Extremely satisfied 1.3 Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are? (same as 1.2)
  3. 3. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Happiness Index of the United Kingdom 2.101 Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely 2.102 Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile? (same as 2.101) 2.103 Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? 2.104 Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday?
  4. 4. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Psychological Well-Being To what extent do you agree with the following statements? 4.1 I lead a purposeful and meaningful life Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 4.2 I am engaged and interested in my daily activities (Same as 4.1) 4.3 I am optimistic about my future 4.4 Most days I feel a sense of accomplishment from what I do 4.5 In general, I feel very positive about myself
  5. 5. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Health 5.1 In general, I would say my health is: Poor Fair Good Very good Excellent Please indicate, how much of the time during the past week... 5.2 You had a lot of energy Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always 5.3 You could not get going (same as 5.2) 5.4 Physical pain prevented you from doing what you needed to do Please rate your level of satisfaction 5.5 How satisfied were you with your ability to perform your daily living activities? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 5.6 How satisfied were you with the quality of your exercise? (same as 5.5)
  6. 6. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Time Balance 6.1 In a typical week, how much of your time are you able to spend doing the kinds of things that you enjoy? None of my time Not much of my time Some of my time Most of my time All of my time 6.2 Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: In my daily life, I seldom have time to do the things I really enjoy. (Same as 4.1) Here are some statements about how things are going in your life. When indicating your agreement with each statement, please think specifically about how things were for you over the past week. 6.3 My life has been too rushed (Same as 4.1) 6.4 I have been able to take life at a leisurely pace 6.5 I have had enough time to do what I needed to do 6.5 I have had plenty of spare time
  7. 7. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Community Vitality 9.1 How would you describe your feeling of belonging to your local community? Very weak Somewhat weak Neither weak nor strong Somewhat strong Very strong Please tell us how many of the following people you trust: 7.1 Your neighbors Trust none of them Trust a few of them Trust some of them Trust most of them Trust all of them 7.2 Strangers that you encounter (Same as 7.1) 7.3 Businesses in your community 7.4 Imagine that you lost a wallet or purse that contained two hundred dollars. Please indicate how likely you think it would be to have all of your money returned to you if it was found by someone who lives close by: Not at all likely Somewhat likely Fairly likely Very likely Extremely likely 7.5 How satisfied are you with your personal safety in your city or town? (same as 5.5) Using the scale below, please indicate how frequently you have done these activities in the past 12 months. 7.6 Donated money to a charity At least once a month At least once every three months At least once every six months Once in the last year Never 7.7 Volunteered your time to an organization (same as 7.6)
  8. 8. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Social Support Please rate your level of satisfaction. 8.1 How satisfied are you with the support you get from your friends? (Same as 5.5) 8.2 How satisfied are you with your personal relationships? To what extent do you agree with the following statement? 8.3 People in my life care about me. (Same as 4.1) Please indicate how much of the time during the past week... 8.4 You felt lonely Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always (same as 5.2) 8.5 You felt loved
  9. 9. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Lifelong Learning, Arts & Culture In your neighborhood or community, how satisfied you are with... 9.5 Your access to sports and recreational activities? (same as 5.5) 9.6 Your access to artistic and cultural activities? 9.7 Your access to activities to develop skills through informal education? 9.8 How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place in your neighborhood because of your ethnicity, culture, race, skin color, language, accent, gender, sexual orientation, or religion? Never Rarely Some of the time Most of the time All of the time
  10. 10. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Environment 11.1 How healthy is your physical environment? Not at all A little Somewhat Very Extremely Please rate your level of satisfaction 11.2 How satisfied are you with the efforts being made to preserve the natural environment in your neighborhood? (Same as 5.5) 11.3 How satisfied are you with the opportunities that you have to enjoy nature? 11.4 How satisfied are you with the air quality in your environment? 11.5 How satisfied are you with the natural quality of your neighborhood?
  11. 11. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Government 12.1 How satisfied are you with the job being done by the local government officials of your city or town? (Same as 5.5) State your level of agreement with the following statements. 12.2 Corruption is widespread throughout the government in my city or town. (Same as 4.1) 12.3 The public officials in my city or town pay attention to what people think. 12.4 People in my city or town can influence their public officials. Please indicate how much confidence you have in the following organizations: 12.5 Local government No confidence Not very much confidence A fair amount of confidence Quite a lot of confidence A great deal of confidence 12.6 National government (Same as 12.5)
  12. 12. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Standard of Living / Economy 13.1 In general, how much stress do you feel about your personal finances? Overwhelming stress High stress Moderate stress Low stress No stress at all 13.2 How frequently do you find yourself just getting by financially and living paycheck to paycheck? All the time Most of the time Sometimes Rarely Never Please indicate how frequently you have had the following experiences in the past 12 months. 13.3 You could not pay bills (water or phone bill, credit card, etc.) on time. At least once a month At least once every three months At least once every six months Once in the last year Never 13.4 You ate less because there wasn’t enough food or money for food. (Same as 13.3) To what extent do you agree with the following statement? 13.5 I have enough money to buy things I want. (Same as 4.1)
  13. 13. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Work Please answer the following questions about your satisfaction with your current working situation. 14.3 All things considered, how satisfied are you with your current work life? (Note: if you work or volunteer at more than one job, you should answer about the job you spend the longest time working at.) (same as 5.5) 14.4 How satisfied are you with the balance between the time you spend on your job and the time you spend on other aspects of your life? 14.5 How much of the time do you find your current work life interesting? (same as 5.2) (Same as 5.2) Please state your level of agreement with each of these statements. 14.6 The conditions of my job allow me to be about as productive as I could be. (Same as 4.1) 14.7 Considering all my efforts and achievements in my job I feel I get paid appropriately 14.8 I am allowed to decide how to go about getting my job done.
  14. 14. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Demographics 1 of 3 16.1 What is your current age: Under 12 years old 12-17 years old 90 years old or older 16.2 Which gender do you identify as? Female Male Androgynous (partly male and female or indeterminate) Intersexed (both male and female) Transgendered (male to female or female to male) Unsexed/ungendered Other 16.4 What race or ethnicity do you identify as? Black/African East Asian Hispanic Middle Eastern South Asian White/Caucasian/European Two or more Other Prefer not to say 16.6 What is your current marital status? Married Domestic partnership Never married and/or never in a domestic partnership, Separated Divorced Widowed Other 16.10 How many people currently reside in your household, including you? 1
  15. 15. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 -- 20 or more 16.11 Do you have any children under 18? Yes | No 16.12 What is your postal code? (We just want the more general part; e.g. 98101 for US Zip Codes or SE11 for United Kingdom postcodes) 16. 125 What country do you currently reside in? (if more than one, choose the one you spend more time in or consider home). 16.15.How spiritual do you consider yourself to be? Not at all Not very Somewhat Moderately Very 16.21 What is the highest level of education that you have completed? Less than grade 9 More than grade 9 but less than grade 12 High School Graduate or equivalent Some College Trade, Technical or Vocational Training Associates Degree (AA, AS, etc.) Bachelor's Degree (BA, AB, BS, etc.) Some Graduate Education Master's Degree (MA. MS, Med, MSW, MBA, etc.) Professional Degree (MD, DDS, DVM, LLB, JD) Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD) 14.1 Regarding employment, which of the following options best describe your current work life? A full time employee A part time employee Working independently / self- employed A volunteer at an organization Unemployed looking for work Unemployed not looking for work Retired Homemaker Student or in training Military Other 16.22 What was your total household income from all sources last year?
  16. 16. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Note: Give the equivalent in country’s currency with currency in text and symbol. Translate: Less than (equivalent to 10,000 USD) country currency Masmababa sa 450,000 Pilipinas peso Less than $10,000 $10,000 - $19,999 $250,000 or more 16.27 What is the one thing you would like to do to improve your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others? 16.27 5 In one word, what makes you happy? 16.28 Add your email here to receive our newsletter and learn more about personal happiness, the happiness movement and data reports from the Gross National Happiness Index (in English). Your Results What do your scores mean? They are your own self-assessment of your well-being. A low score does not necessarily mean you are unhappy but could mean there is imbalance in your life and indicate you may need to pay more attention to that particular aspect of your personal well- being. What are your scores? Your Score is the average of your responses for each domain, on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the worst and 100 the best. All Survey Takers Average is the average of everyone who has taken the happiness index survey, also on a scale of 0-100. Your Score All Survey Takers Average.
  17. 17. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Alliance © Happiness Alliance 2013 Now what? Here are three fun and easy things scientific research indicates can increase your happiness and sense of well-being: 1. Sit silently for 5 minutes a day. Turn off the television, laptop, cell phone. Make yourself comfortable and just sit for 5 min, observing and not judging your thoughts. Close your eyes if you can, or keep focused on any object about 2-3 feet in front of you. If you find yourself deep in thought, simply observe this and then come back to the moment. 2. Practice gratitude: every morning and every night, list five things for which you are thankful on paper or in your thoughts. These might be as simple as how good the pillow feels under your head or the really yummy lunch you had, or something much grander. It is the act of gratitude that counts. 3. Give every day with a small act of kindness to someone in their presence or so they know it is you who gave. This may be as simple as smiling at the cashier or saying thank you to a co-worker or boss. Once a year, or if you are inclined, once a month or week, volunteer with a community organization or do something on your own or with neighbors to increase the well-being of others in your community. Click here to learn more about happiness and well-being.

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