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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, (2013). GNH Index Round 2. Seattle: The Happiness Initiative, Developed by Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., & Goldenberg, E.

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  • 1.Happiness AllianceHome of the Happiness InitiativeGross National Happiness IndexRound 2 2013This document was written for The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiativeand Gross National Happiness Index. It may be used for non-commercial purposes andwith the understanding that you will share the data you collect. The Happiness Allianceissues unique codes to communities, cities, campuses, companies and others to gatheraggregate data for groups in a grassroots effort to contribute to the happinessmovement. We also work with pollsters to conduct random samples. Please contactinfo@happycounts.org for more information.The Happiness Alliance, home of the Happiness Initiative and Gross NationalHappiness Index requests that you use the following form of words to cite thisdocument:Gross National Happiness Index, (2013). GNH Index Round 2. Seattle: The HappinessInitiative, Developed by Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., & Goldenberg, E.To take the Gross National Happiness Survey & get yourown personal assessment of your happiness + well-being,go to happycounts.org and click the Take the GNHIndex Survey buttonPage 1Have you taken a survey with us before? If so, type your participant code here and press'Continue':If this is the first time you've taken a survey with us, write this number down in case you need tostop in the middle of our survey. It will let you pick up where you left off. Participant Code:If you were given a referral code for this survey, please enter it here:If you don't have a referral code, just leave that box blank and go ahead.This is a public or shared computer. Please do not store any identifying information.This a private computer. Please remember who I am.The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013

2. Page 2Consent FormA. INTRODUCTIONThis survey is a project of The Happiness Initiative with consultation from the Personality andWell-Being Laboratory at San Francisco State University.The purpose of the survey is to study how happiness and well-being are influenced by theconditions of our lives and communities. Your data will not be used for research purposes if youare under the age of 19.B. PROCEDURESIf you agree to participate in this study, the following will occur:You will fill out an online questionnaire. It takes most people 12-14 minutes to complete thequestionnaire. At the end you will be given your personal results and guidance on how tointerpret them, as well as median scores for the United States as a whole. You will also be giventhe opportunity, if you wish, to more fully understand aspects of your life by participating in amenu of optional surveys.C. RISKSWe follow the European Union's Protection of Personal Data Directive 95/46/EU, the strongestcode we know of for protecting personal data. You can read the full code and an executivesummary online.In simple language: all of your responses will be anonymous; no one except those who use thedata for the purpose of the Happiness Initiative and SF State University research study will haveaccess to the personal data; data is only kept for as long as it is useful; and personalinformation will never be sold, traded or given away.D. QUESTIONSIf you have other questions about this survey, you may contact the researchersat happy@happycounts.org.Thank you for your participation. We greatly appreciate it.The Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 3. Section 1: Satisfaction With Life1.1 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 thebottom 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 you1.2 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 satisfied1.3 Taking all things together, how happy would you say you are?Extremely unhappy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Extremely happyThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 4. Section 2: Positive and Negative ExperiencePlease think about what you have been doing and experiencing during the past four weeks.Then report how much you experienced each of the following feelings, using the scale below.2.7 Happy Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.8 Sad Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.9 Afraid Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.10 Joyful Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 5. Section 4: Psychological Well-BeingTo what extent do you agree with the following statements?4.1 I lead a purposeful andStronglymeaningful lifedisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.2 I am engaged and interestedin my daily activitiesStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.3 I am optimistic about myfutureStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.4 Most days I feel a sense ofaccomplishment from what I doStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree4.5 In general, I feel verypositive about myselfStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 6. Section 5: Health5.1 In general, I would say my health is:Poor Fair Good Very good ExcellentPlease indicate, how much of the time during the past week...5.2 You had a lot of energy Very rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralways5.3 You could not get going Very rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralways5.4 Physical pain prevented youfrom doing what you needed to doVery rarelyor neverRarely Sometimes Often Very often oralwaysPlease rate your level of satisfaction5.5 How satisfied were youwith your ability to performyour daily living activities?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied5.6 How satisfied were youwith the quality of yourexercise?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 7. Section 6: Time Balance6.1 In a typical week, how much of your time are you able to spend doing the kinds of things thatyou enjoy?None of my time Not much of mytimeSome of my time Most of my time All of my time6.2 Please indicate your level of agreement with this statement: In my daily life, I seldomhave time to do the things I really enjoy.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Strongly agreeHere are some statements about how things are going in your life. When indicating youragreement with each statement, please think specifically about how things were for you over thepast week.6.3 My life has been tooStronglyDisagree Neither agreeAgree Stronglyrusheddisagreenor disagreeagree6.4 I have been able to takelife at a leisurely paceStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree6.5 I have had enough timeto do what I needed to doStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree6.5 I have had plenty ofspare timeStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 8. Section 7: Community VitalityPlease tell us how many of the following people you trust:7.1 Your neighbors Trust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.2 Strangers that youencounterTrust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.3 Businesses in yourcommunityTrust noneof themTrust a fewof themTrust someof themTrust mostof themTrust all ofthem7.4 Imagine that you lost a wallet or purse that contained two hundred dollars. Please indicatehow likely you think it would be to have all of your money returned to you if it was found bysomeone who lives close by:Not at all likely Somewhat likely Fairly likely Very likely Extremely likely7.5 How satisfied are you with your personal safety in your city or town?Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Very satisfiedUsing the scale below, please indicate how frequently you have done these activities in the past12 months.7.6 Donated money toa charityAt leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013Never7.7 Volunteered yourtime to an organizationAt leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearNever 9. Section 8: Social SupportPlease rate your level of satisfaction.8.1 How satisfied are youwith the support you getfrom your friends?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied8.2 How satisfied are youwith your personalrelationships?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedTo 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 agreePlease 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 always8.5 You felt loved Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 10. Section 9: Access to Education, Arts & Culture9.1 How would you describe your feeling of belonging to your local community?Very weak Somewhat weak Neither weak nor strong Somewhat strong Very strongIn your neighborhood or community, how SATISFIED you are with...9.5 Your access to sportsVeryand recreationaldissatisfiedactivities?Dissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.6 Your access to artisticand cultural activities?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.7 Your access toactivities to develop skillsthrough informaleducation?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied9.8 How often do you feel uncomfortable or out of place in your neighborhood because of yourethnicity, culture, race, skin color, language, accent, gender, sexual orientation, or religion?Never Rarely Some of the time Most of the time All of the timeThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 11. Section 11: Environmental Quality11.1 How healthy is your physical environment?Not at all A little Somewhat Very ExtremelyPlease rate your level of satisfaction11.2 How satisfied are youwith the efforts being madeto preserve the naturalenvironment in yourneighborhood?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.3 How satisfied are youwith the opportunities thatyou have to enjoy nature?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.4 How satisfied are youwith the air quality in yourenvironment?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied11.5 How satisfied are youwith the natural quality ofyour neighborhood?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 12. Section 12: Government12.1 How satisfied are you with the job being done by the local government officials of your cityor town?Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Satisfied Very satisfiedState your level of agreement with the following statements.12.2 Corruption is widespreadStronglythroughout the government in mydisagreecity or town.Disagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree12.3 The public officials in mycity or town pay attention to whatpeople think.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree12.4 People in my city or towncan influence their publicofficials.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreePlease indicate how much confidence you have in the following organizations:12.5 LocalNoNot very muchA fair amountgovernmentconfidenceconfidenceof confidenceQuite a lot ofconfidenceA great dealof confidence12.6 NationalgovernmentNoconfidenceNot very muchconfidenceA fair amountof confidenceQuite a lot ofconfidenceA great dealof confidenceThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013 13. Section 13: Material Well-Being13.1 In general, how much stress do you feel about your personal finances?Overwhelming stress High stress Moderate stress Low stress No stress at all13.2 How frequently do you find yourself just getting by financially and living paycheck topaycheck?All the time Most of the time Sometimes Rarely NeverPlease indicate how frequently you have had the following experiences in the past 12 months.13.3 You could not pay billsAt leastAt least onceAt least onceOnce in(water or phone bill, creditonce aevery threeevery sixthe lastcard, etc.) on time.monthmonthsmonthsyearThe Happiness Index / Gross National Happiness Index is copyrighted toHappiness Initiative. Happiness Initiative 2013Never13.4 You ate less becausethere wasnt enough food ormoney for food.At leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearNeverTo 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. Section 14: Work14.1 Regarding employment, which of the following options best describe your current work life?A full time employee A part time employee Working independently / self-employedA volunteer at anorganizationUnemployed looking forworkRetiredHomemaker Student or in training Other14.2 If Other please specify:Please answer the following questions about your satisfaction with your current workingsituation.14.3 All things considered,VeryDissatisfied Neitherhow satisfied are you with yourdissatisfiedsatisfied norcurrent work life? (Note: if youdissatisfiedwork or volunteer at more thanone jo...