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I enjoyed your survey and think you hit most important aspects of one's life. I think you are doing important, progressive work. However, you didn't include anything about sexual orientation in your questions about discrimination. That is very, very important. Nowadays, unless you're Muslim, I think people are discriminated about that more than anything else. There is a lot of discrimination about weight, too, so that might also be something to include, and maybe how happy one is with one's body. People who exercise on a regular basis tend to be happier.
I think it is great that Sustainable Seattle has put together the happiness survey and in general is thinking about this topic. I recently took the happiness survey and would like to see one question in the survey expanded, if possible. The survey asks about one's trust in charitable and humanitarian organizations. For me, I have a strong distrust in large-scale organizations but tend to put a lot of trust into grassroots organizations. Can you differentiate between the two scales
I do have some quick comments.... some of the wording of questions were either much too vague / generalized or not enough
seemed overly vague to me were re:
* churches (are you asking whether one has confidence in ALL churches ?)
* courts (are you asking whether one has confidence in ALL courts? Local? Federal?....?)
* environment (...very difficult to answer question about supporting money for environment, really depends
on what and how .... in general, YES, but specifics are needed, ex: President Obama supports nuclear
power as a "clean, environmental" option, and i totally disagree with that definition...)
and there were a few other survey questions that i felt difficult to respond to without more specifics....
however, it was interesting to note that I am fearful about what we, as a species, are doing to our environment
(Spaceship Earth) and quite disheartened by the federal governments growing alliance with corporations .... and
that these two areas were the areas I scored "most unhappy" in....
ome of my native friends are put off by the term "happiness", preferring the concept of "well being".
Thanks for your continuing efforts to align us with harmonious well-being.
Please put a feature so I can get a quick and compact pdf printout of results so I can share them with my pals!
This question is similar to ones I see often, and it's really annoying:
How many people currently reside in your household?
Which of the following best describes your current situation?
Single person living with others
Single person with children at home
Living with spouse or partner (no children at home)
Living with spouse or partner and children at home
Living in parents' home
Living in child's home
I know you give an "other" option, but it didn't allow for any comment. Obviously you can't fit in every scenario, but it could be asked differently if you took the time.
2) How many people live in your house part-time?
I have two step-children, who reside with us part-time. It is not the same as having kids around all the time, but it also is not the same as having no kids, and not the same as them being my own kids. It really has an impact on things, including work/life balance, stress, and our finances. As that is part of what you are trying to measure, I think it would be helpful to find out more about peoples' living situations.
Even just trying to explain to friends/family how it all works is hard. And then I think about people who are caring for their grandkids, or people that are guardians, and then all of us that are in the shared custody sitch. So many ways to define "household" and "family" for sure.
We had a discussion today in class about the happiness survey and I wanted to pass of students critiques of the survey. I felt that the survey was interested, asked some challenging questions, and was a good use of my time. Other students felt that it was a bit too lengthy and took too much time to complete. Myself and other were also unsure about what the result of the survey actually ment and how the high's and low's were relative to the results. It would have been nice to have explanations by each section on exactly how or why we got a certain number. We also felt that if you want students to be more involved and interested in the survey, you need to develop it with students in mind.Specifically the Economic section and the questions about the household. Or possible make slightly different surveys for different age groups, because depending on you age you will be at a different development and life situation.
Two points of feedback: