Are You Happy with Your Life ? Answer These Five Questions

Questioning Your Level of Happiness?  Take the Satisfaction With Life Scale Assessment  (SWLS) and Find Answers

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HAPPINESS, SERIOUSLY?

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

  1. 50% of our capacity for happiness is accounted for by our genetics

  2. 10% is determined by our current circumstances, health, wealth and safety.

  3. 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.  

 

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information and research was obtained from Positive Pychology

Find Your WHY and You Will Discover Your Purpose

Your Feet Are Not Glued to Your Current Path

Find Your Reason For Change

 

If you are like so many people, you've set out on a course in life only to discover down the road that you're not passionate about what you are doing. You're working, maybe you even have a "good" job, and from the outside looking in, it appears that you've got it made.

But you know within yourself that something's wrong. You're not happy. Going to work every day feels like a punishment. You can't wait to get off for the day, and you just dread the thought of going back the next day.

 STOP - It is time to identify what is creating your "self-defeating" paralysis. 

 There's a myth that the course you set out on in life is your forever path. People change. What you thought was going to be a sure thing back when you were younger can be different today because you're different. You’ve grown and matured.  Maybe you see things that you don’t like about your career, or maybe you don’t like the path you are on as a whole.  Don't be the one of many who ends up trudging to work every day stuck in the life that you can't stand. 

What you do with your life should reflect what you love - within your passion lies your purpose
— Unknown

Just know that if you have been unhappy in your job for a period of time the unhappiness will bleed into every corner of your being: mental health, physical health, financial, and all relationships.  

GREAT NEWS: 

YOU CAN MAKE CHANGES AT ANY STAGE OF YOUR LIFE AND FIND PERSONAL SATISFACTION AND HAPPINESS

It just takes the willingness to step out of your comfort zone and discover your WHY.

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What is your "WHY"?  It is your passion, your dream,  your reason behind your actions. 

If you don’t have a strong REASON behind your actions, your actions are less likely to create worthwhile results.

BUT ... If you have a strong “WHY” you have all the FUEL you need to drive you forward – to find your freedom, to live your dream, and to fulfill your purpose

You see if you don’t know what your why is, if you don’t know what DRIVES you, what INSPIRES you, then you have NO REASON to improve your life as you know it.  Seriously, why would you try to improve your life if you have no REASON for change?  So ask yourself these hard questions, 

  • Why do I exist?
  • Why am I unique from everyone else?
  • Why do I wake up and get out of bed each morning? 

Is your WHY your family? Is it to prove the doubters wrong? Is it to change your corner of the world? Or is it to fulfill what you have been called to do by a higher power?  Regardless of what your WHY is - it is critical to find it and claim it.  

So, What is your Why?

Write it down and carry it with you everywhere, FEEL IT DEEPLY, and promise yourself everyday you WILL live out your WHY with NO EXCUSES!

 Once you know your why - It is time for action.  Take the next crucial step to understanding the "WHAT"  

  • What legacy do I want to leave behind?
  • What does my current support system look like? If you are being weighed down by negative, toxic nay-sayers, it is time to kick them to the curb.  
  • What is my life mission statement?
  • What actions do I need to take in order to accomplish my mission?
  • What time frame will I need  to accomplish each task?
  • What measurable will I use to monitor my progress? 
  • What motivation strategy will I use?

 And finally - 

  •  What will I do with all my new found freedom and happiness?  

It is hard to make changes.  In fact,  it can be down right overwhelming,  but when you discover and live out your "WHY" the benefit outweighs the risk every time.  If you are feeling stuck I would love to help you move forward.   You deserve it! 

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Cheri Tillman

 

 

Executive Director Co-founder MBA, CLC, CWNC