“Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted”
– Albert Einstein
When studying happiness, researchers often use the term “subjective well-being” (SWB) instead of happiness. Subjective well-being, like the name suggests, is our opinion on how happy we are. The major components of SWB include positive and negative feelings and one’s satisfaction with his/her life over-all life and important life domains like family, friends, where you live, your health, the amountof fun in your life as well as your satisfaction with your financial situation and job. The more satisfied you are with your life over-all and each of the life domains, the happier you are.
So, just how happy are you? Please find below a satisfaction with life scale designed by Ed Diener, Roberts Emmons, Randy Larsen, and Sharon Griffin. After answering the five questions, simply add up your score and see how “happy” you are compared to the rest of us. And, don’t forget to read the interesting tidbits about happiness that appear at the end of this blog.
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.
|____ In most ways my life is close to my 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
HOW HAPPY ARE YOU?
Simply add up your answers to the previous five questions and see how you rate!
Did you know?
* Genetics play an important role in your happiness (oh-oh)
* Religious people are happier – God is good!
* More money has not made us happier
* Happy people are more likely to pray
* As we age, we stay happy
* Age, sex, education, and ethnicity have little to do with
* Happy people interpret neutral events as more positive,
* Happy people are healthier, live longer, see the “bright