How About a Quick Tool to Measure Your Happiness?

We have variously been discussing our lives and the quest for happiness. Like all journeys, it pays to have some kind of map or guidelines in this journey. In addition, we have learned that happiness is relevant to longevity so this is not an idle query.

The presentation I attended several days ago at Northwestern Memorial’s Healthy Transitions program offered one which I thought might be of some interest to you. Helene D. Moore, Psy.D., MAPP (Master of Applied Positive Psychology) was the speaker.

The following Life Satisfaction Scale is based on the work of Ed Diener and Chris Peterson.

Life Satisfaction Scale

Rate from 1 = Strongly Disagree to 7 = Strongly Agree

*In most ways my life is close to the ideal

*The conditions of my life are excellent

*I am satisfied with my life

*So far I have gotten the important things I want in life

*If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing

Sum your ratings.

Interpretation of the Life Satisfaction Scale

*31-35 = extremely satisfied

*26-30 = satisfied

*21-25 = slightly satisfied

*20 = neutral

*15-19 = slighlty dissatisfied

*10-14 = dissatisfied

*5-9 = extremely dissatisfied

If you have a result below the highest level, you might be interested in reading the following blog posts:

Can I be Happy?
What are the Top Habits of Healthy, Happy, Productive People? – Infographic
4 Habits That May Be Making You Unhappy
11 Habits of Happy People
Why Should I Be Happy?
Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine

and Some Super Tools for Handling Stress which might help you to get back on the right path and, not incidentally, extend your life.


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