Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)


Happiness may be the quintessential positive feeling state. We commonly wish others a happy birthday or anniversary. 

The Subjective Happiness Scale is a short four-item survey developed by Sonja Lyubomirsky and Heidi Lepper (1999) and has been completed by thousands of respondents. 

The items are rated on 7-point scales that use different words to describe the end points. 

A sample item calls for ratings of less happy (1) to more happy (7): “Compared to most of my peers, I consider myself…”

Permissions: "Permission is granted for all non-commercial use."

Availability: You can get the scale from the Website:

SCOPES domain = Emotion

Link to List of Tests

Scale Reference

Lyubomirsky, S., & Lepper, H. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46, 137-155.

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