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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 Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., deGraaf, J., Godzikoskaya, J. & Goldenberg, E.

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  • 1.Happiness AllianceHome of the Happiness InitiativeGross National Happiness IndexRound 1 2011This 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 Howell, R.T., Musikanski, L., deGraaf, J., Godzikoskaya, J. &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 buttonConsent 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 18.B. PROCEDURESHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative

2. If 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 Unions 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:http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/information_society/data_protection/l14012_en.htmIn 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 researchers athappy@sustainableseattle.org.Thank you for your participation. We greatly appreciate it.Happiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 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 happyHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 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.2.1 Positive Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.2 Negative Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.3 Good Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.4 Bad Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.5 Pleasant Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.6 Unpleasant Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.7 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 always2.11 Angry Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or always2.12 Contented Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 5. Section 3: Domain SatisfactionPlease indicate your level of satisfaction with:3.1 Your mental well-being(e.g. your life satisfaction and sense of optimism, self-esteem, and competence).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.2 Your physical health (e.g., consider your exercise, sleep, nutrition).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.3 Your leisure time (e.g., your time for recreating and socializing with family and friends).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.4 Your sense of community belonging(e.g., your relationships and interactions with people in your neighborhood).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.5 Your personal relationships (e.g., the vitality and affection of your relationships).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.6 Your access to educational opportunities in your community(e.g., opportunities to participate in formal and informal education).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.7 Your access to arts and culture in your community(e.g., opportunities to participate in cultural events)ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlydissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedNeithersatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.8 The environmental quality of your neighborhood(e.g., the quality of your water, air, soil, forest cover, etc.).Happiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 6. ExtremelydissatisfiedVerydissatisfiedDissatisfied SlightlydissatisfiedNeithersatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.9 Your neighborhood as a place to live(e.g., the variety and accessibility of natural, recreational, and lifestyle amenities)ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.10 The honesty and transparency of your local government(e.g., the responsibility of your city officials, police, etc.).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.11 Your financial situation(e.g., your individual and family income, financial security, your level of debt).ExtremelyVeryDissatisfied SlightlyNeitherdissatisfieddissatisfieddissatisfiedsatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfied3.12 Your work situationExtremelyVerydissatisfieddissatisfiedDissatisfied SlightlydissatisfiedNeithersatisfiednordissatisfiedSlightlysatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedExtremelysatisfiedSection 4: Psychological Well-BeingHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 7. To 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 StronglyagreeHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 8. 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 VerysatisfiedHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 9. 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 StronglyagreeHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 10. 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 lastyearNever7.7 Volunteered yourtime to an organizationAt leastonce amonthAt least onceevery threemonthsAt least onceevery sixmonthsOnce inthe lastyearNeverHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 11. 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 alwaysHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 12. 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 strongHere is a list of things which people indicate are desirable to them in deciding where to live.Please indicate your desirable each item is to have near where you live.In your neighborhood or community, how IMPORTANT is it for you to have...9.2 Sports andNot at allNot verySomewhatrecreational activities?importantimportantimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant9.3 Artistic and culturalactivities?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant9.4 Activities todevelop skills throughinformal education?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportantIn 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 timeHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 13. Section 10: Your NeighborhoodHere is another list of things which...

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