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What is Your Happiness Score? #InternationalDayOfHappiness

Posted on the 20 March 2019 by Vidyasury @vidyasury
What is your happiness score? #InternationalDayOfHappiness

I have a fun exercise for you today. It is International Day of Happiness and this year's theme is Happier Together. Let's take the Action for Happiness pledge:

"I will try to create more happiness in the world around me"

To implement that pledge, let's check our own happiness score, shall we? The considerate folks at Oxford University have developed a handy questionnaire with 29 questions to help us do just that. I think the questions are a nice nudge to work on those areas so we can be happier together, while making a world a happier place. What do you think?

Use the questionnaire to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 6 as follows:

1 = strongly disagree
2 = moderately disagree
3 = slightly disagree
4 = slightly agree
5 = moderately agree
6 = strongly agree

Don't linger too long with each question. There are no right and wrong answers. Just go by the answer that first pops into your head when you read the question. Stuck for an answer? Just go by what is true in your case most of the time.

What is your happiness score? #InternationalDayOfHappiness What is your happiness score? #InternationalDayOfHappinessThe Questionnaire
  1. I don't feel particularly pleased with the way I am. (R) _____
  2. I am intensely interested in other people. _____
  3. I feel that life is very rewarding. _____
  4. I have very warm feelings towards almost everyone. _____
  5. I rarely wake up feeling rested. (R) _____
  6. I am not particularly optimistic about the future. (R) _____
  7. I find most things amusing. _____
  8. I am always committed and involved. _____
  9. Life is good. _____
  10. I do not think that the world is a good place. (R) _____
  11. I laugh a lot. _____
  12. I am well satisfied about everything in my life. _____
  13. I don't think I look attractive. (R) _____
  14. There is a gap between what I would like to do and what I have done. (R) _____
  15. I am very happy. _____
  16. I find beauty in some things. _____
  17. I always have a cheerful effect on others. _____
  18. I can fit in (find time for) everything I want to. _____
  19. I feel that I am not especially in control of my life. (R) _____
  20. I feel able to take anything on. _____
  21. I feel fully mentally alert. _____
  22. I often experience joy and elation. _____
  23. I don't find it easy to make decisions. (R) _____
  24. I don't have a particular sense of meaning and purpose in my life. (R) _____
  25. I feel I have a great deal of energy. _____
  26. I usually have a good influence on events. _____
  27. I don't have fun with other people. (R) _____
  28. I don't feel particularly healthy. (R) _____
  29. I don't have particularly happy memories of the past. (R) _____
Calculate your score
  1. With some questions, you'll see an (R) These should be scored in reverse. So, if you gave yourself a 1, change it to 6. 2 should be 5; 3 is 4; 4 is 3; 5 is 2 and 6 is 1.
  2. Now add the numbers for the 29 questions.
  3. Divide the total by 29. This is your happiness score.

Make a note of the date and your score, so if you check again another day you can compare your scores, which I hope, will rise. Apparently the average score is between 4 and 6.

What's your happiness score today?

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