Edition 2022

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How often do we have a goosebump moment?

Thirty percent of the adult Dutch population say they have a goosebump moment once a week. A goosebump moment is a meaningful moment where someone is affected in a positive or negative sense. There are 6 percent Dutch people who say they have a goosebump moment every day against also 6 percent who never have a goosebump moment. People who regularly experience a goosebump moment are more likely to find life worth living, and are more likely to feel that they are contributing to society.

Hoe vaak maken we een kippenvelmoment mee?How often do we have a goosebump moment?maakt nooit eenkippenvelmoment meenever have a goosebump moment6%maandelijksonce a month30%maakt dagelijks een kippenvelmoment meehave one every day6%minder danmaandelijks less than once a month29%wekelijksonce a week29%

Women experience goosebump moments more frequently than men (72 percent versus 57 percent), at least once a month. People over 75 are less likely to experience goosebump moments than 18 to 74‑year-olds: 53 percent of them get goosebumps at least once a month, while in other age groups it ranges from 62 to 68 percent.

Goosebump moments, 2020 (% of persons aged 18 yrs and over)
Kenmerk Once a month or more Less than once a month
Total 65 35
Men 57 43
Women 72 28
18-24 yrs 66 34
25-34 yrs 67 33
35-44 yrs 67 33
45-54 yrs 68 32
55-64 yrs 64 36
65-74 yrs 62 38
75 yrs and over 53 47

Relationship to meaning

The goosebump momentnoot1 has been examined in relation to meaningnoot2: finding life worth while or having a sense of contributing something to society. Among those who experience goosebump moments at least once every month, 94 percent find life worth living and 77 percent feel they contribute something to society. This is more than among adults who have goosebump moments less than once a month (89 percent and 67 percent).

Meaning and goosebump moments, 2020 (% of persons aged 18 yrs and over)
Zingeving Find life worth living Feel they contribute something to society
Total 92 74
Have a goosebump moment less than once a month 89 67
Have a goosebump moment once a month or more 94 77

More goosebump moments means happier more often

People who regularly experience a goosebump moment, at least once a month, are also happiernoot3 more often than people who experience such moments less often: 89 percent of them rate themselves 7 or higher in terms of happiness, compared to 83 percent of adults who get a goosebump moment less than once a month.

The questions


Goosebump moment

A goosebump moment, or transcendental moment, is a meaningful experience that expresses the meaning of life for people. These are moments that touch or move people. These moments emphatically include both positive experiences and moments of sorrow after a negative event, such as the loss of a loved one. Moreover, they may be both profound moments and seemingly mundane moments that people consciously experience and thus take on special meaning.

Experiencing goosebump moments is seen as an important pillar of meaning and was surveyed in 2020 in an ad hoc module on meaning as follows:

People can be touched or moved by things in life that are often small and special. This is also sometimes referred to as goosebump moments.

How often do you have a goosebump moment?


This survey defines meaning as follows: leading a life with purpose and meaning that is fulfilling, and in which social engagement and interaction with people, personal development and altruism are key. Meaning was measured in an ad hoc module of the Social Cohesion and Well-Being Survey in 2020, using the following two statements.

  1. I consider life to be worthwhile
  2. I feel that I am contributing something to society

The question is to what extent the respondent agrees with each of these statements. The answer categories were:

  1. Strongly agree
  2. Agree
  3. Neither agree nor disagree
  4. Disagree
  5. Strongly disagree

The following dimensions are distinguished within the survey on meaning:

  • Social
  • Personal development
  • Transcendence (goosebump moments)
  • Religion/spirituality


Since 2013, the question of happiness has been explored in the Social Cohesion and Well-being Survey. On a scale from 1 to 10, respondents are asked whether they can indicate to what extent they see themselves as a happy person. A score of 7 or higher means people are considered to be happy, a score of 5 or 6 means they consider themselves ‘neither happy nor unhappy’ and scores 1 up to 4 categorise a person as unhappy.


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