How To Measure Happiness

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How To Measure Happiness For Free

Do you want to find out how happy you are?

‘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. And it is clearly mentioned on the page that the test is meant for personal information only and is not equal to a professional evaluation. The report provides information that will help you to learn more about your happiness personality, and to work on self-improvement.

My Happiness Scores

I took this test in the winter of 2011. These were my scores (without the descriptions, which would bore you), which I open up for public scrutiny:


To test yourself on how happy you are, find the link to Your Happiness Assessment at the end of this post, just before Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener’s video lecture – “Your Happiest Days Are Behind You”!


Compassion is feeling concern 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 this indicates that you have a great deal of concern for people who are suffering, and feel deeply about their problems.

Compassion is feeling concern for other people when they experience misfortune. Click To Tweet


Gratefulness is the tendency to appreciate and to 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 impacts your overall level of happiness. That is, a being an optimistic person increases your likelihood of being happy. Optimism is the tendency to believe in positive outcomes. Click To Tweet


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.

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 that 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 is 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 to 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.

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.

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 to interfere with difficult life situations.

Locus of Control

Locus of Control is the degree that you believe in either Effort or Luck as the key to success. One must work hard to achieve success but that 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 that 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 more happy. 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!

 Ψ Check Your Happiness Scores: Your Happiness Assessment Ψ

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Your Happiest Days Are Behind You

A highly interesting short lecture (at TEDxUNLV) by The Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology, Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, “Your Happiest Days Are Behind You”:

 Further Reading:
  1. 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.
  2. International Personality Item Pool: A Scientific Collaboratory for the Development of Advanced Measures of Personality Traits and Other Individual Differences.

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