About the Activity Monitor

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When they go out, participants living in the village carry an Activity Monitor, which measures activity levels (mainly the number of steps they take), and a portable device that records who they walk past.

The data collected by the Activity Monitor objectively measures levels of physical activity. Along with the subjective health survey (a paper questionnaire), this data can give participants feedback to help them compare the objective measures of their activity and their subjective evaluations of their health and to tie these to their health-related behaviors.

Left: health survey (paper survey) feedback
Right: activity monitor feedback

The portable device records "social contact" between residents at five-minute intervals, which creates a record of sequential patterns of social contact between residents that allows us to confirm their social networks.

illustration of the portable device sending data of whom passing by.

By connecting this social network information to subjective indicators, it is also possible to examine what kinds of networks are associated with regional happiness and multi-generational contacts.

example of a participant's social network


Trial Version Multidimensional survey of Regional Happiness

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Results of the trial survey

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Sense of health
Respondent’s subjective health status
Sense of personal happiness
Respondent’s subjective sense of happiness
Sense of interdependent happiness
Sense of harmonious happiness with the people around you (for example, if people around you are happy, you feel happy too)
Social bonds within the community
Cooperative and trusting relationships between local residents
Sense of regional unity
Extent to which the local society feels like it is "a community that was destined to be" or "one collective unit"
Openness of the community to outsiders
Extent to which people accept others from outside or those who are different from them
Contributing to the community and supporting other people
Behaviors that contribute to the local community (e.g., providing idea for the community) or help other people within the community
  • ※The score for the demo version is presented as an individual score, but the actual research data is analyzed together with the surveys from the same town (e.g., village, regions)
  • ※The Demo Version does not contain all of the items from the actual Measurement Package.