Questioning Your Level of Happiness? Take the Satisfaction With Life Scale Assessment (SWLS) and Find Answers
The pursuit of happiness has occupied humans for millennia – whether creating ancient Greek schools of philosophy or inspiring the United States Declaration of Independence.
Until recently, psychological science has had very little to say on happiness, instead preferring to study, understand and relieve illness and distress. However, recently scientist and practitioners have observed that an absence of distress and illness does not lead to greater happiness, or result in increased life satisfaction. So, with this realization, the study of happy people and what makes them happy has become a serious pursuit.
What is Happiness?
Happiness is described as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile” . Today happiness researchers are increasingly confident in the evidence-based strategies that can increase our happiness.
Psychologists have observed that happier people appear more successful in many areas of life; they are more creative, are judged more favourably by peers and colleagues, have better social relationships, have healthier immune systems and also have longer life expectancy, which makes happiness a serious business.
( Pay attention Business Owners)
Also, employees of happier managers are more productive, more innovative and have better problem solving skills than those of less happy counterparts.
A study to explore this discovered that positive emotions act as an excellent predictor of the motivation and effort required to overcome obstacles to success. People in the study with fewer positive emotional experiences were less likely to persevere and succeed compared to those who had a greater number of positive experiences, when faced with the same obstacles.
The question is- which comes first: success or happiness?
This research identified that being happy is crucial to developing many of the desirable characteristics that lead to success. So there it is, HAPPINESS COMES BEFORE SUCCESS
Is happiness related to nature or nurture?
Studies of twins reveal that
50% of our capacity for happiness is accounted for by our genetics
10% is determined by our current circumstances, health, wealth and safety.
40% of our happiness is a result of our intentional activities and attitude in how we spend our time, attention and energy. Studies of the happiest of people reveal that this cohort differs they cultivate meaning in life and contribute to things bigger than themselves.
So, how happy are you?
Reflecting on our sense of happiness in different key areas of life can be difficult, especially if our life is seemingly all going well.
Sometimes feelings of unhappiness or dissatisfaction just seem to find us and it’s up to us to take the time to explore why this might be.
How you do that will depend on a number of different things, but if you’re struggling to get to grips with it, here is a tool that can help you to get started.
I have attached a link to the Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) .
What is the SWLS ?
The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) was first created by researchers Diener, Emmons, Larsen, and Griffin (1985) and published in an article in the Journal of Personality Assessment.
The scale was developed as a way to assess an individual’s cognitive judgment of their satisfaction with their life as a whole. The SWLS is a very simple, short questionnaire made up of only 5 statements.
To complete the questionnaire you will be asked to judge how you feel about each of the statements using a 7-scale scoring system, with 1 being ‘strongly disagree’ with the statement and 7 being ‘strongly agree’ with the statement.
As you will see, the SWLS won’t take up a lot of your time to complete! But it can be a really useful instrument in supporting you to reflect on your life, overall satisfaction, and in beginning to think about areas you might need to spend a bit more time exploring.
If you are ready to start your journey of exploring your levelof life satisfaction then click on the button below. Don’t worry, it is simple and quick.
information and research was obtained from Positive Pychology