Population surveys of emotion offer great potential to understand subjective wellbeing, though most do not reveal how emotions
other than happiness and satisfaction impact on daily lives. This article presents a case study analysis of data from Kahneman
and Krueger’s (2006) Princeton Time and Affect Survey to demonstrate that the choice of emotions or affects measured in
surveys does matter in determining wellbeing in contexts such as those in which gender plays an important role. It finds that
that tiredness and interest (excluded from Kahneman and Krueger’s wellbeing construct) comprise a large part of American
women’s but not men’s unpleasant education, unpaid housework, and childcare. The article concludes by suggesting that
the most appropriate method for establishing a “minimum” set of emotions is to conduct survey-based “audits” of emotions
experienced in daily activities.