University of Toronto Magazine University of Toronto Magazine
Spring 2005

Rate Your Happiness

Simple happiness test is considered highly reliable

How happy are you? Try this short test. The Satisfaction with Life Scale was devised in 1985 by Edward Diener, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is used by researchers around the world.

On a scale from 1 to 7, indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements, with 7 being strong agreement.

1. In most ways my life is close to my ideal.
2. The conditions of my life are excellent.

3. I am satisfied with my life.

4. So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.

5. If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

Total score: 31 to 35: you are extremely satisfied with your life; 26 to 30: satisfied; 21 to 25: slightly satisfied; 20: neutral point; 15 to 19: slightly dissatisfied; 10 to 14: dissatisfied; 5 to 9: extremely dissatisfied

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