Social Indicators Research

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 195-224

First online:

Happiness and Satisfaction: Measures of Affect and Cognition?

  • Karen J. CrookerAffiliated withUniversity of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • , Janet P. NearAffiliated withIndiana University

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Analyses of data from six national samples of adult respondents indicated that happiness could be predicted better from cognitive measures of domain satisfaction and work attitudes than from a measure of positive affect, thereby calling into question the widely accepted argument that satisfaction measures are cognitive and happiness measures affective in orientation. Perhaps distinctions between cognitive and affective measures are illusory in studies of subjective well being.