Do you want to find out how happy you are?
Happiness is a feeling everyone feels in a different way. But if you had to find out what happiness means for you and how happy you are, then what do you do? You learn how to measure happiness. Here we share how you could do it, and what you would learn in the process.
‘Your Happiness Assessment’ is a personality test that assesses 14 different factors that influence your happiness. By evaluating yourself, you can find out improving which specific areas can help you create more happiness in your life.
This test was developed from the International Personality Item Pool — a collaborative effort by personality researchers to develop advanced measures of individual differences. The results descriptions are written by a clinical psychologist. It contains a total of 119 items.
Since this happiness questionnaire relies on self-report, it can only be as accurate as your responses. Let us clarify we are not related to or affiliated with the test-takers in any way.
Also, it clearly mentions the test is meant for personal information only and is not equal to a professional evaluation. The report provides information to help you to learn more about your happy personality.
Measure The 14 Components of Your Happiness
To test yourself on how happy you are, go to the link to Your Happiness Assessment below:
Let us go over each of the 14 components of the happiness assessment:
Compassion is feeling concerned for other people when they experience misfortune. People who focus less on themselves and more on compassion towards others are usually happier people.
A high score in compassion indicates you have a great deal of concern for people who are suffering and feel deeply about their problems.Compassion is feeling concerned for other people when they experience misfortune. Click To Tweet
• If you are interested to find out how could you grow your compassion for yourself, you must read this nifty guide: How To Grow Self-Compassion.
Gratefulness is the tendency to appreciate and be thankful for your life circumstances. A high score here indicates that you are optimistic and have a great deal of satisfaction with life.
Optimism is the tendency to believe in positive outcomes. A high score here indicates that you generally tend to be optimistic and to see the positive side of a situation.
This positive expectation increases the likelihood of being aware of positive outcomes which impact your overall level of happiness. That is, being an optimistic person increases your likelihood of being happy.
• Did you know there’s a difference between Hope And Optimism?!
Self-Confidence is having trust or faith in yourself and your abilities. If you are to score low in this segment, then you could probably achieve more and increase your overall level of happiness by not listening to self-doubt and experimenting with more new things.
5. Trusting of Others
Trusting of Others is the belief in others’ good intentions. Generally, happier people tend to be more trustful of others and positive in their assessment of others’ motives.
This positive approach to others is likely to improve relationships and lead to more pleasant outcomes. An attitude that most people are trustworthy and helpful, would help you to create more positive conditions in your life.
Conscientiousness is the tendency to be meticulous and careful when completing tasks.
So often, people believe happiness is about feeling good in the present and so they pursue artificial means that feel good such as over-eating, using alcohol or drugs, gambling, acquiring more things, and pursuing excitement.
However, true contentment and happiness in life are based more on the long-term, not the immediate. This is an important aspect of attaining true happiness.Conscientiousness is the tendency to be meticulous and careful when completing tasks. Click To Tweet
Assertiveness is the ability to actively problem-solve and handle situations directly, calmly, and with confidence.
By developing more direct communication, setting limits, and voicing your needs, you might find you are able to be more successful and achieve what you want at work or in relationships.
8. Illness Susceptibility
Illness Susceptibility refers to a likelihood of engaging in behaviors critical to physical and mental health.
You may be like many people who have not developed frustration tolerance (the ability to wait for desires or work towards outcomes) and you want gratification immediately. By developing greater frustration tolerance you may experience more positive health outcomes and greater satisfaction and happiness in the long term.
Recognizing that you can cope with short-term discomfort for the long-term rewards will lead to greater life satisfaction and happiness.
Approval-Seeking is the tendency to need others’ approval and to conform to expectations. You may be able to improve your overall degree of happiness by challenging your need for approval from others which can reduce the approval-seeking behaviors.
Playfulness is focusing on the exciting aspects of life and to encourage others to laugh and have fun. A high score here indicates that you tend to find joy and excitement in many different experiences in life.
11. Emotional Stability
Emotional Stability is the tendency to not be swayed by emotions and for emotions to be manageable and controlled. An average score in this indicates that your emotions may impact the decisions you make, how you handle a problem, or the things you decide to do, but your emotions will not likely to prevent you from pursuing important desires or interfering with difficult life situations.
12. Locus of Control
Locus of Control is the degree to that you believe in either Effort or Luck as the key to success. One must work hard to achieve success but it doesn’t hurt to be lucky as well. However, this “luck” may be due to the “effort” of being in the right place at the right time with the right people!Locus of Control is the degree to which you believe in either effort or luck as the key to success. Click To Tweet
Affiliation is the desire to be around others and to enjoy social events. Generally, happier people tend to affiliate more with others. Pleasurable social interaction tends to create a more positive atmosphere and satisfaction in life.
Therefore, it may be worthwhile to assess whether your degree of affiliation is substantial enough to positively impact your degree of happiness.
Pleasantness is the tendency to be easy-going, agreeable, and respectful of others. People who are more pleasant towards others are generally happier.
Most likely, this is due to creating a positive self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, by treating people pleasantly, others are more likely to be attracted to you and to treat you in a positive manner as well. You can do this by simply smiling and taking a genuine interest in others!
A Sample Happiness Score
The author took this test in the winter of 2011. The picture below shows his scores (without the boring descriptions:
Every year the scientists at Gallup World Poll measure happiness around the globe, and they’ve had some surprising results. Watch this bright, cheery video by National Geographic to find out how they do it:
Problems With Measuring Happiness
This section is an extract from this Forbes article:
According to a new study, the tests previously used to measure said happiness are flawed and how happiness is measured has a lot to do with where you live.
Take the most simplistic measure of happiness – a smile. When looking at what types of smiles are viewed more positively past research has shown a big difference between East and West. In Western cultures big, toothy smiles are perceived better whereas, in the East more calm, closed-mouth smiles are preferred.
“The way researchers currently assess happiness is typically using a Western-biased measure that assumes one’s own happiness is largely independent of others, but we find that this viewpoint is by no means universal,” lead author Gwen Gardiner wrote in her paper.
“The East Asian world view has been described as one in which the self is more entwined with others, such that personal happiness depends on position connections in social relationships,” she added. “The Eastern ideologies of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism emphasize the interconnectedness of everyone and everything, prioritizing harmony and balance over individual achievement.”
The study published today in the journal PLOS ONE used two tests to measure people’s happiness – one developed in Japan and one developed in the U.S.
The researchers had more than 15,000 university students from 63 countries across six continents volunteer to take both happiness tests.
What they found was that the test which emphasized interdependence was more reliable in countries that are more culturally similar to Japan, such as other East Asian countries, while the independence-focused test was more reliable in countries more similar to the U.S., such as Western European countries.
And while the Japanese-designed test was slightly less reliable than the U.S.-designed test, it was more consistently reliable across countries.
“For us, this result was particularly interesting and surprising because, typically, the U.S. and Japan are the prototypical countries used to highlight cross-cultural differences in cultural psychology,” said Gardiner. “But in this case, they were much more similar to each other.”
But even still both tests weren’t reliable in African or Middle Eastern countries. Future studies should consider new measures for those world regions, the authors wrote.
“Happiness research usually asks subjects to rank their happiness on a scale, sometimes with as little as three points: ‘not too happy,’ ‘pretty happy’ and ‘very happy.’ But not everyone who says they’re pretty happy feels the same,” explained Bond from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in an interview.
Goldberg, L. R., Johnson, J. A., Eber, H. W., Hogan, R., Ashton, M. C., Cloninger, C. R., & Gough, H. C. (2006). The International Personality Item Pool and the future of public-domain personality measures. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 84-96.
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Author Bio: Written and reviewed by Sandip Roy – a medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related medical topics.
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