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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 people indicate are desirable to them in deciding where tolive. 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...10.1 Public transportationNot at allNot verySomewhatModeratelywhich is safe, clean andimportantimportantimportantimportantfrequent?Veryimportant10.2 A quiet and peacefulneighborhood?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.3 A quality environment(like clean air and water)?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.4 A safe place to live? Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.5 Good police and fireprotection, governmentalservices, garbage collection?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.6 Affordable housing? Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.7 Well-paying jobopportunities?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportant10.8 Health services likedoctors, hospitals and clinics?Not at allimportantNot veryimportantSomewhatimportantModeratelyimportantVeryimportantIn your neighborhood or community, how SATISFIED you are with...10.9 Your access to publicVerytransportation which is safe,dissatisfiedclean and frequent?Dissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.10 The quietness andpeacefulness of yourneighborhood?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.11 The quality of yourenvironment (e.g. clean airand water)?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.12 The safety of whereyou live?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.13 The quality of yourpolice and fire protection,governmental services,garbage collection?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.14 Your access toaffordable housing?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.15 Your access to well-payingjob opportunities?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied10.16 Your access to healthservices like doctors,hospitals and clinics?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neither satisfiednor dissatisfiedSatisfied VerysatisfiedHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 14. 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 VerysatisfiedHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 15. 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 confidenceHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 16. 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.monthmonthsmonthsyearNever13.4 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 agreeHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 17. 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 job, you should answerabout the job you spend thelongest time working at.)Satisfied Verysatisfied14.4 How satisfied are youwith the balance between thetime you spend on your joband the time you spend onother aspects of your life?VerydissatisfiedDissatisfied Neithersatisfied nordissatisfiedSatisfied Verysatisfied14.5 How much of the time do you find your current work life interesting?Very rarely or never Rarely Sometimes Often Very often or alwaysPlease state your level of agreement with each of these statements.14.6 The conditions of my jobStronglyallow me to be about as productivedisagreeas I could be.Disagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree14.7 Considering all my efforts andachievements in my job I feel I getpaid appropriatelyStronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree Stronglyagree14.8 I am allowed to decide how togo about getting my job done.StronglydisagreeDisagree Neither agreenor disagreeAgree StronglyagreeHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 18. Section 15: Experiential Buying TendencyIn this section of the survey we would like to know more about the purchasing choices you aretypically more likely to make. A material item is something tangible, such as jewelry or clothes.An experiential item is something that is intangible, like going out to dinner or going on vacation.Using the scale below as a guide, indicate your preferences.15.1 In general, when I have extra money I am likely to buy a...1 A material item 2 3 4 5 6 7 A life experience15.2 When I want to be happy, I am more likely to spend my money on.1 Material goods 2 3 4 5 6 7 Activities and events15.3 Some people generally spend their money on a lot of different life experiences (e.g., eatingout, going to a concert, traveling, etc). They go about enjoying their life by taking part in dailyactivities they personally encounter and live through. To what extent does this characterizationdescribe you?1 Not at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 A great deal15.4 Some people generally spend their money on a lot of material goods and products (e.g.,jewelry, clothing). They go about enjoying their life by buying physical objects that they can keepin their possession. To what extent does this characterization describe you?1 Not at all 2 3 4 5 6 7 A great dealHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 19. DemographicsSection 1616.1 What is your current age (please enter a whole number of years, e.g., 35)?16.2 Which gender do you identify as? (multiple selections are allowed)Male Female Neither Other (If other, please specify)16.3 Other16.4 What race[s] or ethnicity[s] do you identify as? (categories are taken from the 2010U.S. Census, and multiple selections are allowed)White non-Hispanic JapaneseHispanic KoreanBlack, African American, or Negro VietnameseAmerican Indian or Alaska Native Native HawaiianAsian Indian Guamanian or ChamorroChinese SamoanFilipino Other Pacific Islander Specify race, e.g.,Fijian, Tongan, etc.Other Asian Specify race, e.g. Hmong, Laotian, Thai,Pakistani, Cambodian, etc.Some other race Specify race.16.5 Other16.6 What is your current marital status?Married Never married and/or never in a domestic partnership SeparatedDomestic partnership Divorced WidowedOther:16.7 Other16.8 What is your current housing situation?Single person living alone Living with spouse or partner(no children at home)Living in childs homeSingle person living with others Living with spouse or partnerand children at homeHomelessSingle person with children at home Living in parents home Other (please specify):16.9 Other16.10 How many people currently reside in your household, including you?16.11 Do you have any children under 18? Yes | No16.12 Where do you live? (we just want a postal code and country not your exact address)16.13 Postal code16.14 Which of these categories comes closest to the type of place you are living intoday?In open country On a In a small city or In a medium-size In a suburb of In a large cityHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 20. but not on a farm farm town (under50,000)city (50,000 250,000)a large city (over 250,000)The next two questions assess your current spirituality:16.15 How spiritual do you consider yourselfto be?Not atallNotverySomewhat Moderately Very16.16 How important are your spiritual beliefsto the way you live your life?Not atallNotverySomewhat Moderately VeryIf you live in the United States, please answer the following 3 questions to the best of your ability:16.17 About fiscal and monetary policy, where would you put yourself?ExtremelyconservativeConservative SlightlyconservativeModerate,middle of theroadSlightlyliberalLiberal Extremelyliberal16.18 About social policy, such as gay marriage or a womans choice of abortion, wherewould you put yourself?ExtremelyconservativeConservative SlightlyconservativeModerate,middle of theroadSlightlyliberalLiberal Extremelyliberal16.19 Thinking about political orientations, what affiliation do you identify with most?Republican Democrat Independent Green Libertarian Tea Party Other16.20 Other16.21 What is the highest level of education that you have completed?Less than grade 9 More than grade 9 but lessthan grade 12Grade 12 / High schooldiplomaSkills training and/orapprenticeshipSome college Undergraduate universitydegree (e.g. a BA)Graduate university degree(e.g. a Masters)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 - $74,999$75,000 - $99,999 $100,000 - $124,999 $125,000 or more16.23 Wealth is defined as the total value of everything someone owns minus any debt that heor she owes. A person's net wealth includes his or her bank account or cash savings plus thevalue of other things such as stocks, bonds, retirement accounts, the value of your primaryresidence and vacation property, art, collections, etc., minus the value of things like home-equityloans, student loans, credit card debt, and mortgages. What would you estimate yourhousehold's total net wealth is at this time?Less than $10,000 $10,000 - $24,999 $25,000 - $49,999$50,000 - $74,999 $75,000 - $99,999 $100,000 - $149,999$150,000 - $249,999 $250,000 - $499,999 $500,000 or moreHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 21. 16.24 In the last six months, how often have you made late payments to your creditors?Never (youhave made 0late payments)Rarely (youhave made 1late payment)Sometimes (youhave made 2-3late payments)Most of the time(you have made4-6 latepayments)Frequently (youhave made morethan 6 latepayments)Happiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative 22. 16.25 If you needed $1,000 for an unplanned expense, what would you do to obtain themoney?I would take the money out of myI would get a cash advance on my credit cardbank accountI would borrow the money fromfriends or familyI would sell or pawn some assetsI would take out a loan I would disregard some other expense (i.e. not paysomething else that month)Other (please write in):16.26 Other16.27 Do you have any comments or questions about any of the items used in this survey?16.28 May we contact you in future for follow-up research? If so, please enter your email addresshere.16.29 Contact InfoThe EndTHANK YOU for taking our survey!The data we are gathering with this survey allows public policy makers, communities andindividuals to measure progress and make decisions based on a comprehensive understandingof our needs, what we care about and where we are thriving or hurting. We hope it will be astarting point for a conversation about using wider measures of happiness, wellbeing andsustainability instead of just Gross Domestic Product or money.To learn more about this project and how to get involved, see www.happycounts.orgTo 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 buttonHappiness Initiatives Gross National Happiness Index 2011The Happiness Initiative