How Happy Are You?

Most of us know when we're unhappy, and we're aware of fleeting joyous moments. But the question of just how happy one is can be difficult to answer. This quiz is based on traits found to be common among happy, well-adjusted people. Choose the response to each question closest to your own feeling or situation.

"We've got to convince our egos and our minds that if we want to live happy lives, love is more important than anything else!"
- Ken Keyes

Given your pick of the following jobs, which would you choose?
A difficult, challenging assignment. If you can bring this off, you'll be promoted to an executive job.
A job you can excel in because it's ideally suited to your energies and talents.
A fairly modest job that involves working closely with a very powerful, important person.

Do you enjoy doing favors?
Yes. I seldom refuse when asked.
Yes, when it's convenient and will really help someone.
Not really. But I oblige when I feel I owe it to the person or if there's some compelling reason.

Which description best fits your usual sleeping pattern?
Sound sleeper, little trouble falling asleep
Light sleeper, easily awakened
Sound sleeper, difficulty falling asleep

Are there occasions when you need to be alone?
Absolutely. My most peaceful, creative moments are when I'm by myself.
No, I love having people around.
No, I don't mind being alone, but wouldn't say I have a need for it.

How important do you feel it is to keep your surroundings neat and orderly?
Very important. I can put up with sloppiness in others, but never in myself.
Important. In fact, I wish I were more orderly.
Fairly important. I'm rather neat and don't care much for mess or squalor.
Unimportant. I'd rather be in a messy house where people are relaxed than in a tidy one where everybody's fussy and uptight.

Which of the following would you be least likely to want for a friend? The person who is...
Snobbish and pretentious
A bully, cruel to those who can't fight back
Crude, pushy, ill-mannered

In the past six months, how many times have you stayed home because of illness?
None or One
Two or Three
Three or more

Something distressing has happened to a loved one: the death of someone close, perhaps. You reaction?
I'd try to console him and cheer him up.
I'd be as upset as he was- when he hurts, I hurt, too
I'd let him know I am sorry, but would continue to treat him the way I normally do.

How punctual are you?
Extremely punctual. I have an exact time sense.
Quite unpunctual. Even with an early start, I never get anywhere on time.
It varies. I'm punctual for some things, late for others.
Quite punctual. I usually arrive when I'm suppose to.

How long do you remain angry with someone who has been unfair to you?
A long time. I don't easily forgive bad treatment.
I wouldn't get angry. Anger is the product of a troubled mind
Not long, I get angry, but seldom hold grudges
I don't stay angry, but will usually avoid the person from then on.

You inherit several million dollars. How would you react?
I'd be delighted!
I'd anticipate problems, but accept the money anyway.
I'd be very worried about handling such a huge sum- it would mean starting a whole new life.

What would you find most appealing in a marriage partner?
A terrific lover

Which statement best describes your social style?
I tend to keep a small circle of close friends
I'm active socially and know hundreds of people
I have a lot of friends but don't stay in touch with them I usually associate with whoever comes to see me.

With which of the following would you agree?
Time passes quickly, almost in a blur
Time moves slowly
Days are long, but weeks and months speed by
Days seem fast, weeks and months slow.

How do you feel about your present situation: personal qualities, friends and family, career, prospects for the future?
Wonderful! And the future looks bright.
Pretty good. My situation may not be marvelous, but it's okay, and improving steadily.
Fair. But I'm striving for a much better future.
My feelings vary. Sometimes I feel good about myself, sometimes not.

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