Structure of the collections

The World Database of Happiness is an archive of research findings on subjective enjoyment of life .
It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides a basis for synthetic work.

World literature on subjective wellbeing


Selection on fit with definition of happiness

Bibliography    and     Directory    

Selection of empirical studies and within these on valid measurement: Happiness measures
Abstracting and classification of findings

How happy people are, distributional findings What goes together with happiness

Happiness in nations
Happiness in regions
Happiness in publics
Correlational findings

  Listing of comparable findings in nations  
States of nations   ,   Trends in nations


Size of the collections
9525 publications in Bibliography of happiness, of which 4810 report an empirical study that is eligible for inclusion in the findings archive.
1038 measures of happiness, mostly single survey questions varying in wording and response scale.
8836 distributional findings in the general public in 164 nations and 1884 studies with findings in 157 specific publics.
14375 correlational findings observed in 1753 studies, excerpted from 1342 publications.