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Gross National Happiness Index 2015

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The Happiness Alliance's Gross National Happiness Index Round 4, 2015. A subjective measure of wellbeing for communities, cities, campuses and companies that anybody can use: Happycounts.org

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  1. 1. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Happiness Alliance Home of the Happiness Initiative Gross National Happiness Index Round 4 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: Gross National Happiness Index, (2014). GNH Index Round 4. Seattle: The Happiness Alliance, Developed by Howell, R.T., Jackson, N., Musikanski, L., Bush, K, & Goldenberg, E. To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get your own personal assessment of your happiness + well-being, go to happycounts.org and click the “Take the Gross National Happiness Index Survey” button Page 1 Welcome to the Gross National Happiness Index survey. This survey will take about 10-15 minutes. At the end, you will get your own self assessment of your happiness and well-being. Page 2 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.
  2. 2. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 In simple language: all of your responses will be anonymous; no one except those who use the data for the purpose of the Happiness Alliance will have access to the personal data; data is only kept for as long as it is useful; and personal information will never be sold, traded or given away.
  3. 3. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 1: Satisfaction With Life 1.1 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
  4. 4. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 2: UK Happiness Index 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? Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely 2.103 Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely 2.104 Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? Not at all 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Completely
  5. 5. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 4: 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 Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 4.3 I am optimistic about my future Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 4.4 Most days I feel a sense of accomplishment from what I do Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
  6. 6. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 5: 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 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? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied
  7. 7. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 6: 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 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 Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 6.5 I have had plenty of spare time Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
  8. 8. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 7: Community Vitality 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 7.3 Businesses in your community Trust none of them Trust a few of them Trust some of them Trust most of them Trust all of them 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? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 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 At least once a month At least once every three months At least once every six months Once in the last year Never 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
  9. 9. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 8: Social Support Please rate your level of satisfaction. 8.2 How satisfied are you with your personal relationships? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied To what extent do you agree with the following statement? 8.3 People in my life care about me. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 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 8.5 You felt loved Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always
  10. 10. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 9: Lifelong Learning, Arts & Culture In your neighborhood or community, how satisfied you are with... 9.5 Your access to sports and recreational activities? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 9.6 Your access to artistic and cultural activities? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 9.7 Your access to activities to develop skills through informal education? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 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
  11. 11. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 11: 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? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 11.3 How satisfied are you with the opportunities that you have to enjoy nature? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 11.4 How satisfied are you with the air quality in your environment? Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied
  12. 12. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 12: Government State your level of agreement with the following statements. 12.2 Corruption is widespread throughout the government in my city or town. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 12.3 The public officials in my city or town pay attention to what people think. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 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 No confidence Not very much confidence A fair amount of confidence Quite a lot of confidence A great deal of confidence
  13. 13. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 13: Standard of Living/Personal 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. 13.4 You ate less because there wasn’t enough food or money for food. At least once a month At least once every three months At least once every six months Once in the last year Never To what extent do you agree with the following statement? 13.5 I have enough money to buy things I want. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree
  14. 14. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 Section 14: 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.) Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfied 14.5 How much of the time do you find your current work life interesting? Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always 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. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 14.7 Considering all my efforts and achievements in my job I feel I get paid appropriately Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree 14.8 I am allowed to decide how to go about getting my job done. Strongly disagree Disagree Neither agree nor disagree Agree Strongly agree Demographics 16.1 What is your current age? Under 12 years old 12-17 years old 18-24 years old 25-29 years old 30-34 years old 35-39 years old 40-44 years old 45-49 years old 50-54 years old
  15. 15. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 55-59 years old 60-64 years old 64-69 years old 70-74 years old 75-79 years old 80-84 years old 85-89 years old 90 years or older 16.2 Which gender do you identify as? Female Male Other 16.4 What race or ethnicity do you identify as? Black/African East Asian Hispanic Middle Eastern South Asian White/European/Caucasian 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 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  16. 16. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 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 UK postcodes) The next question assess your current spirituality: 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 8th Grade/Formal education ceased at 12 or younger 8th Grade/Formal education ceased between 13 and 14 years of age Some High School/Formal education ceased between age 15 and 17 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 Post-College Graduate Master's Degree (MA. MS, Mend, Med, MSW, MBA, etc.) Professional Degree (MD, DDS, DVM, LLB, JD) Doctoral Degree (PhD, EdD) 16.22 What was your total household income from all sources last year? Less than $10,000 $10,000 - $19,999 $20,000 - $29,999 $30,000 - $39,999 $40,000 - $49,999 $50,000 - $59,999
  17. 17. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 $60,000 - $69,999 $70,000 - $79,999 $80,000 - $89,999 $90,000 - $99,999 $100,000 - $109,999 $110,000 - $119,999 $120,000 - $129,999 $130,000 - $139,999 $140,000 - $149,999 $150,000 - $159,999 $160,000 - $169,999 $170,000 - $179,999 $180,000 - $189,999 $190,000 - $199,999 $200,000 - + 14.1 Regarding employment, which of the following options best describe your current work life? Full-time employee Part-time employee Working independently/Self employed Military Volunteer Homemaker Unemployed looking for work Unemployed not looking for work Retired Student or in training Unable to work Other 16.27 What is the one thing you would like to do to improve your own well-being and the wellbeing of your community and our planet? 16.275 In one word, what makes you happy? 16.28 Add your email here to receive our newsletter and receive information about personal happiness, the happiness movement and data reports from the Gross National Happiness Index. 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 (in blue)
  18. 18. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 All Survey Takers Average is the average of everyone who has taken the happiness index survey, also on a scale of 0-100 (in grey) . Domain Your Raw Score All Survey Takers Average Satisfaction With Life UK Happiness Index Mental Well-Being Health Time Balance Community Vitality Social Support Access to Education, Arts & Culture Environment Governance Material Well-Being Work 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 (in english)
  19. 19. The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted to Happiness Initiative. © Happiness Initiative 2013 To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get your own personal assessment of your happiness + well-being, go to happycounts.org and click the “Take the GNH Index Survey” button

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