Fragility of Happiness Scale

Primary use / Purpose:

to measure fragility of happiness beliefs (that happiness is temporary and may be easily replaced by neutral or unpleasant states)


The scale has 4 items. It has demonstrated acceptable validity, reliability, and measurement invariance in 15 cultures (see the key reference).

Author of Tool:

Mohsen Joshanloo

Key references:

Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Jiang, D., Han, G., Bae, J., Pang, J., Ho, L., Ferreira, M. C., Demir, M., Rizwan, M., Khilji, I. A., Achoui, M., Asano, R., Igarashi, T., Tsukamoto, S., Lamers, S. M. A., Turan, Y., Sundaram, S., Yeung, V. W. , Poon, W. , Lepshokova, Z., Panyusheva, T., Natalia, A. (2015). Fragility of happiness beliefs across 15 national groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16, 1185-1210.

The fragility of happiness scale

Joshanloo, M., Weijers, D., Jiang, D.-Y., Han, G., Bae, J., Pang, J., et al. (in press). Fragility

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Strongly disagree Somewhat disagree A little disagree Neither Agree or Disagree A little agree Somewhat agree Strongly agree
1. Something might happen at any time, and we could easily lose our happiness 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2. Happiness is fragile. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
3. It is likely that our happiness could be reduced to unhappiness with a simple accident. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
4. There is only a thin line between happiness and unhappiness. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7