Monday, November 28, 2022

State Joy Scale


Scale name: State Joy Scale

Scale overview: The State Joy Scale (SJS) is an 11-item self-report rating scale of joy with strong psychometric properties.


Response Type: There are two types of ratings.

1. Items 1-2 are rated on a 7-point frequency basis from 1 = Not at all to 7 = Frequently. See the article for the text for each of the numerical options.

2. Items 3- 11 are rated on a 7-point scale of agreement from 1 = Completely disagree to 7 = Strongly agree.

Sample Scale items

1. In the past week, how often have you felt joyful?

7. Something happened this week that made me feel like celebrating.


Reliability: In study 1 of Watkins et al. (2017), Cronbach's alpha = .945.

Validity: Factor analysis yielded a one-factor solution, which explained 65.17% of the variance.

The State Joy Scale was significantly positively correlated with several measures including the following (correlations follow the scale names).

Gratitude Questionnaire-6, .424

GRAT-S,  .437

PANAS Joy, .767

Satisfaction with Life scale, .561

Flourishing scale, .599



The full set of 11 items are on page 17 of the Watkins et al. (2017) article.

Cite this post

Sutton, G. W. (2022, November 28). State joy scale. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from

Reference for the scale

Sutton, G. W. (2021). Creating surveys: Second Edition| How to create and administer surveys, evaluate workshops & seminars, interpret and present results. Springfield, MO: Sunflower.   AMAZON   Paperback ISBN-13:  9798712780327     Book website

Watkins, P.C., Emmons, R. A., Greaves, M. R. & Bell, J. (2018) Joy is a distinct positive emotion: Assessment of joy and relationship to gratitude and well-being, The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13:5, 522-539, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2017.1414298

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Related Measures

Dispositional Joy Scale





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