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The Happiness Monitor

The Happiness Monitor is an easy-to-use internet tool for assessing what people do during the day and how happy they are. The tool was developed at Erasmus University Rotterdam by Veenhoven (2006) and further refined by Oerlemans (2009). The Happiness Monitor is based on the ‘Day Reconstruction Method’ (DRM) proposed by nobel laureate Kahneman and his co-workers (2004)

The method is designed specifically to facilitate accurate assessment of daily activities and daily mood. It combines features of time-budget measurement and experience sampling. As a first step, participants ‘reconstruct’ what they have done yesterday, beginning with rising in the morning and ending with going to bed. They note each activity that lasted 15 minutes or more. Next participants rate how well they remember to have felt during each of these activities.

Online versions of the Happiness Monitor
The Happiness Monitor has a basic version which includes a fixed set of activities people may engage in over the day and their accompanying happiness levels. An online Dutch basic version is currently being used in an ongoing longitudinal research project about daily lifestyle and happiness among elderly in The Netherlands (Succesvol ouder worden). To view an online basic version in Dutch, please click the link below.

Click here to view a Dutch basic version of the Happiness Monitor.

The extended version also includes questions about specific domains (e.g. work, at home or somewhere else) and interaction partners (e.g. family, friends, colleagues, boss) during each reported activity. The Happiness Monitor can be tailored to your specific needs and types of activities, domains, and interaction partners in a custom version. The extended version is being used part of the research project Gelukswijzer (being wise about happiness). The project assesses consequences of daily lifestyle and life choices on happiness and well-being of the Dutch population. To view an online extended version in Dutch, please click on the link below and use the following code as login: E-mail = testnummer@risbo.org; Wachtwoord = testnummer.

Click here to view a Dutch extended version of the Happiness Monitor.

Contact
For more information on online use of the Happiness Monitor, please contact Risbo at the address below.

Risbo contract Research
Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Topic: Happiness Monitor
P.O. box 1738
3000DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Tel. +31 (0)10-408 2641
Fax +31 (0)10-408 1141

Email: oerlemans@risbo.eur.nl

References
Oerlemans, W.G.M. (2009). Geluksdagboek (Happiness diary) . Extended version of the Happiness Monitor: Program for online assesment of daily activity, social interactions, place and happiness. Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. www.gelukswijzer.nl

Veenhoven, R. (2006). Dagboek van gisteren (Yesterdays Diary) . Basic version of the Happiness Monitor: Program for online assesment of daily activity and mood. Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. http://www.risbo.org/levensstijl/info/demo/index.html

Kahneman, D., Krueger, A. B., Schkade, D. A., Schwarz, N. & Stone, A. A. (2004). A Survey Method for Characterising Daily Life Experience: The Day Reconstruction Method.Science, 306, 1776 – 1780.

Dutch visitors, please check this website: www.gelukswijzer.nl