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SATISFIED reports responses by sample adults to the question, "In general, how satisfied are you with your life? Would you say very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?"

Definition of Satisfaction with Life 

The question for SATISFIED is one of a series included in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) as part of the Healthy People 2010 initiative. One goal of this initiative is to "promote the health of people with disabilities, prevent secondary conditions, and eliminate disparities between people with and without disabilities in the U.S. population." More specifically, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy People 2010, V. II, Objectives for Improving Health, articulated the following goal: "Increase the proportion of adults with disabilities reporting satisfaction with life" (i.e., to achieve parity with adults without disabilities).

Healthy People 2010, V. I, Disability and Secondary Conditions elaborates on the meaning of "satisfaction with life" as follows:

Satisfaction with life is associated with the more general term 'quality of life,' which is a personal evaluation of one's own position in numerous dimensions of life, including physical, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental support, and level of independence. Monitoring the life satisfaction of people with disabilities, as well as that of the broader population, allows an opportunity to evaluate society's progress in accommodating the needs of people with disabilities.

Related Variables 

Other variables used to track different aspects of social support for the Healthy People 2010 initiative and included in the 2001 NHIS are:

  • How often felt happy, past 30 days (HAPPY30)
  • Got together socially with friends or neighbors, past 2 weeks (SAWFRIEND)
  • Talked with friends or neighbors on the telephone, past 2 weeks (CALLFRIEND)
  • Got together with any relatives with whom they did not live, past 2 weeks (SAWRELS)
  • Talked on the telephone with any relatives with whom they did not live, past 2 weeks (CALLRELS)
  • Went to church, temple, or another place of worship for services or other activities, past 2 weeks (WORSHIP)
  • Went to a show, movie, sports event, club meeting, class or other group event, past 2 weeks (GROUPEVENT)
  • Went out to eat at a restaurant, past 2 weeks (ATEOUT)


This variable is only available in 2001.


  • 2001: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2001