Subjective Happiness Scale

Use this scale to get a snapshot of your current level of happiness. Then, if needed, learn how to increase your happiness in only 28 days.

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Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, developed this Subjective Happiness Scale. Evaluate your own level of happiness in just a few moments.

Instructions
For each of the following statements or questions, please select the number from the scale that you think is most appropriate in describing you.

1. In general, I consider myself:

Not a very happy person --  1  2  3  4  5  6  7 -- A very happy person

2. Compared with most of my peers, I consider myself:

Less happy  --  1  2  3  4  5  6  7 -- More happy

3. Some people are generally very happy. They enjoy life regardless of what is going on, getting the most out of everything. To what extent does this characterization describe you?

Not at all --  1  2  3  4  5  6  7 -- A great deal

4. Some people are generally not very happy.  Although they are not depressed, they never seem as happy as they might be. To what extent does this characterization describe you?

Not at all --  1  2  3  4  5  6  7 -- A great deal

Scoring
Average the 4 numbers you selected; this is your score.


The maximum score is 7. The average happiness score runs from about 4.5 to 5.5. College students tend to score lower (averaging a bit below 5) than working adults and older, retired people (who average 5.6).

Article written by Sonja Lyubomirsky, MD
Author of The How of Happiness