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Every day people just want to be happy. Have you ever wondered just how happy you really are? Made You Smile Back is excited to introduce a unique and thought-provoking blog to dive in and explore this emotion we know as ‘happiness’. Let’s find out what really makes you smile back!
In my assessment, happiness is much more than just an attitude. It’s a combination of positivity, spirituality and a healthy dose of optimism. Sure, we all have our ups and downs. That is just the way life is. But your level of happiness will directly correlate to your overall well-being and mental health.
When you have the right ‘Happiness Quotient‘, you can more easily navigate the demands of every day life. In this article, I will first describe two of the more popular ‘psychological happiness tests or questionnaires’ that are currently used today in a clinical setting. Then I will provide you an inside look of Martin Seligman’s popular self-help book, ‘Authentic Happiness’.
The second part of this unique two-part blog concerns finding out individually what our ‘authentic level of happiness’ is. There shall be an enlightening, but fun quiz you may sign up for to get a more personal view of your own happiness level or what MYSB (aka Made You Smile Back) refers to as the “Happiness Quotient”.
Five different rankings will be used to chart your “Happiness Quotient” and shall be each thoroughly explained.
At the end of this article, you shall be given the opportunity to sign up for your own personal ‘Happiness Quotient’ assessment. And just to keep the excitement going, find out how you can also be eligible to receive a ‘serendipity bonus surprise’ by participating!
So let’s get our happiness levels going the right direction, shall we?…
What better place to start our discussion about what happiness really is than by surfing straight to the ultimate internet resource, Wikipedia:
“Happiness is used in the context of mental or emotional states, including positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. It is also used in the context of life satisfaction, subjective well-being, flourishing and well-being.”
Wikipedia goes on to say that ‘Happiness’ is often the subject of debate of usage and/or meaning and even subtle differences in understanding in various cultures.
For instance when observing happy children blowing soap bubbles or playing in water, in the context of current experience, one can experience the feeling of high emotion, also known as pleasure or joy. You can see it also as a more general sense of ’emotional condition’ as a whole.
Others may view ‘happiness’ as a type of appraisal of a measurement of ‘quality of life’. For instance Ruut Veenhoven has defined happiness as “overall appreciation of one’s life as-a-whole.“
In the academic world, happiness is often described as subjective well-being, which includes measures of affect and of life satisfaction. For instance Sonja Lyubomirsky has described happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.”
Finally, happiness is often translated in flourishing and having an overall feeling of well-being.
These uses can give different results. For instance the correlation of income levels has been shown to be substantial with life
satisfaction measures. Whereas someone involved in an unconditional loving relationship can be viewed as a pure emotional condition of well-being.
Per the Spitzer Center for Visionary Leadership®, the Four Levels of Happiness are based upon the essence of timeless principles going clear back to Aristotle. Aristotle is well known for his philosophical viewpoint that ‘happiness is the one thing we desire in and of itself, everything else is desired for the sake of happiness”.
Let’s take a closer look at these four levels of happiness.
Another popular quiz is actually a questionnaire created from Oxfords Brookes University in England. It was originally published in 2002 in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences.
Its claim to fame is it uses several measures of “subjective well-being” (aka happiness) constructed by scientific research psychologists. For more details, on this type of measuring, please check out this link, at Oxfords Brookes University.
Martin E. P. Seligman, is a well known and influential Psychologist who is well known for writing several self-help books. His most popular one is ‘Authentic Happiness’ written in 2002.
This book has been a classic in positive psychology. The book is divided into 3 parts: Positive Emotion, Strength and Virtue. Seligman also identifies six core virtues or positive traits that can increase well-being. They are:
“Authentic happiness comes from identifying and cultivating your most fundamental strengths and using them every day in work, love, play, and parenting.”
The third part of the book deals with the question, “What is the good life?”
In terms of work and life satisfaction, happiness has little has to do with money. Across studies, freedom of choice and experiences of flow are much more impacting.
So, do you want to know how happy you really are? Made You Smile Back is so excited to present to their readers a unique ‘Happiness Quiz’ which is both fun and shares thought-provoking questions to answer.
Your resulting ‘Happiness Score ‘ ranking can be one of five levels:
20-35 Points – You are less than happy.
36-51 Points – You’re still in need of self-care to reach happiness.
52-67 Points – You’re semi-happy at this time.
68-83 Points – You’re almost there!
84-100 Points – You are most definitely a very happy person!
The first step to becoming a better and happier person is to first find out just how happy you really are.
So… depress this button and let the quiz begin!!!!
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I really needed to hear this today
Jimmy, I’m so glad you found it helpful.
Great post! I didn’t realize there was so much research around the topic of happiness. Took the quiz and wasn’t surprised by the results–I could definitely be a happier person!
Rebecca, I know, right! Happiness is acquired by several ways. I’m so happy yu took my happiness quiz! Many blessings.
This is a great reminder of the importance of happiness in our lives! I know we can sometimes take it for granted, failing to acknowledge the many benefits that happiness, smiles and laughter can really bring
Thanks for your response of my blog ‘Just How Happy Are You?’ It is indeed so easy to take happiness for granted.
Thank you for making this article! lately, I’ve been in a dark place and desperately was trying to climb out of the rabbit hole. This has helped me 😀
Phil Vong, I want to give you a special thank you. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement. I know it took a brave effort to not only read and take this quiz, but to send in your comments. My blessings to you and just do know, ‘this too will past’ whatever is troubling you.
Happiness can mean so many things. So great that you’re helping others get there, too!
Bailey, thank you for your comments. Yes, you are right. Happiness can mean so many things. Blessings to you.
Thank you for sharing your positivity!! I loved reading about the different levels of happiness and contentment.
Cloe, thank you for your comments. Its amazing the depth of what happiness can be. Many blessings to you.
Loving what you’re doing here. Spreading the positive. We need more of you! Thank you for sharing. I subscribe for more.
Karletta, thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you.
Wow! Everything I ever wanted to know about happiness! Great post. I enjoyed the quiz and scored and 80% so I’m almost there, lol!
DeShena, thank You for your comments I’m glad you enjoyed the blog subject I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. Please feel free to share this blog and quiz to your family and friends. Thank you.
This is so informative! And I love the quizz. I scored 82.5% 😀
Thanks, July! Based upon your score, I am sure your friends and family love to be around you with your positive and happy attitude! Please feel free to share this quiz with other family and friends!