Scoring Happiness

I just started a 10-week online course with Yale about happiness and mindfulness. For the first week, I participated in a series of simple tests to get a baseline as to how happy I actually felt.

The first test was the PERMA (an acronym for Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment— the basic dimensions of psychological flourishing). The questionnaire is 23 questions and once you submit your responses, you will receive scores ranging from 0-10 for each pillar along with scores for overall well-being, health, and negative emotions. I found this test to be both easy and interesting and Female IQ listeners might enjoy taking it. (FYI: It turns out my overall well-being is about an 8, but hopefully after the the 10-week course I’ll be a 9, or maybe even a 10.)

The second test was The Authentic Happiness Inventory. It’s a quick set of 24 questions that provides an overall measure of your happiness levels. At the end of the survey you will receive a score between 1 and 5 based on your responses. Female IQ’ers might also find this test helpful. At first, I was surprised by my score (3.46 out of 5) but then realized score-wise, it was about the same as the PERMA test.

Lastly, I did the Character Strengths test. The test comprises 120 questions and takes 30 minutes or so. After taking the test, you will get the ranking of your 24 strengths. My top four strengths were Humor, Love of Learning, Kindness, and Love. My weakest were Prudence and Self-Regulation. This seemed fairly accurate and gave me a few things to things about and work on. You, too, might enjoy your results from this test.

Throughout my course journey, I will be sharing some highlights so stay tuned.

Sending U Good “Q”— Becca and Laura

Hours We're always down to "Q-it up!"
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