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How are you today - and why?: Correlations between self ratings on well-being and aspects of everyday life
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

How are you today? The question was asked on a website by the artist Erik Krikortz, and the answers were displayed as a light show on a building complex in central Stockholm. In this thesis more than 20000 people have rated their subjective well-being on their own chosen occasions, on a seven graded scale of smileys in different colours. Results from November 2007 were analysed. The most frequently chosen colour was yellow, symbolising slightly better moods than average. Comparing means between days of the week showed that people feel the best on Sundays and are least happy on Tuesdays. Posthoc tests indicated significant dips in well-being on two days of the month. After answering the main question participants could also choose to rate their subjective experience of how well their sleep, family and friends, physical activity, stress levels and inspiration had been that day. The variables with the highest correlation with well-being were found to be “inspiration” and “family and friends”. Lowest were correlations for “sleep” and “physical activity”. The last variable was blank, for people to fill out for themselves and rate. The most frequently used word here was by far “love”, followed by “work” and “weather”. Summing up the results it seems social activities means most for the subjective well-being.

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2009. , 16 p.
Keyword [en]
well-being, happiness, everyday life
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-37811OAI: diva2:305280
2009-09-21, 13:00 (Swedish)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-03-23 Created: 2010-03-23 Last updated: 2010-03-23Bibliographically approved

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