The Happiness Quiz
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Below are five statements that you may agree or disagree with. Using the 1 – 7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.
6 = Strongly agree
5 = Agree
4 = Slightly agree
3 = Slightly disagree
2 = Disagree
1 = Strongly disagree
Read the statements carefully. Don’t take too long over individual questions; there are no “right” or “wrong” answers (and no trick questions). The first answer that comes into your head is probably the right one for you. If you find some of the questions difficult, please give the answer that is true for you in general or for most of the time.
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The results give you a snapshot of your current level of happiness.
30 – 35 Very high score; highly satisfied
Scoring in this range means you love your life and feel that things are going very well. Your life isn’t perfect, but you feel that it’s about as good as life gets. Furthermore, just because you’re satisfied doesn’t mean you’re complacent. In fact, growth and challenge might be part of the reason you’re satisfied.
For you, life is enjoyable, and the major domains of your life are nearly excellent – school, family, friends, leisure, and personal development.
25- 29 High score
Scoring in this range means you like your life and feel that things are going well for you. This doesn’t mean your life is perfect, but you feel things are good and you’re in control. You’re willing to take action to create the life you want, you recognize how your actions affect the direction of your life and you’re willing to take responsibility and accountability for your life.
It’s highly likely the major domains of life are going well – work, family, friends, leisure, and personal development.
20 – 24 Average score
The average of life satisfaction in economically developed nations is in this range – the majority of people are generally satisfied, but have some areas where they very much would like some improvement.
You’ve scored in this range because you’re mostly satisfied with most areas of your life but see the need for some improvement in each area. Or you may find you’re satisfied with most domains of your life, but have one or two areas where you would like to see large improvements. Scoring in this range is normal in that you have areas of your life that needs improvement. However, you’re likely to desire moving to a higher level by making some life changes.
15 – 19 Slightly below average in life satisfaction
Scoring in this range usually means you have small but significant problems in several areas of your life, or have many areas that are doing fine but one area that represents a substantial problem for you. If you have moved temporarily into this level of life satisfaction from a higher level because of some recent event, things will usually improve over time and satisfaction will generally move back up. On the other hand, if you’re chronically slightly dissatisfied with many areas of life, some changes are in order. Although temporary dissatisfaction is common and normal, a chronic level of dissatisfaction across a number of areas of life calls for reflection.
Some people can gain motivation from a small level of dissatisfaction, but often dissatisfaction across a number of life domains is a distraction, and unpleasant as well.
10 – 14 Dissatisfied
Scoring in this range indicates you’re substantially dissatisfied with your life. You may have a number of domains that are not going well, or one or two domains that are going very badly. If life dissatisfaction is a response to a recent event such as bereavement, divorce, or a significant problem at work, you’ll probably return over time to your former level of higher satisfaction. However, if low levels of life satisfaction have been chronic for you, some changes are in order – both in attitudes and patterns of thinking, and probably in life activities as well.
Furthermore, low life satisfaction in this range means you may not be functioning well because your unhappiness serves as a distraction. Talking to a professional can help you movie in the right direction, although positive change is really up to you.
5 – 9 Extremely Dissatisfied
Scoring in this range means you’re extremely unhappy with your current life. In some cases this is in reaction to some recent bad event such as widowhood or unemployment. In other cases, it is a response to a chronic problem such as alcoholism or addiction. In yet other cases the extreme dissatisfaction is a reaction due to something bad in life such as recently having lost a loved one. However, dissatisfaction at this level is often due to dissatisfaction in multiple areas of life. Whatever the reason for the low level of life satisfaction, it may be that the help of others is needed – a friend or family member, coaching, or help from a psychologist or another counselor. If your dissatisfaction is chronic, you need to change, and often others can help.
Copyright by Ed Diener, February 13, 2006; Use granted by permission.
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In most ways my life is close to my ideal.Correct
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The conditions of my life are excellent.Correct
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I am satisfied with my life.Correct
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So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.Correct
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If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.Correct