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Measure Your Happiness

By Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore

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The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what s/he is (Erasmus).

Self-awareness is an important step, as part of our happiness framework, in building your capacity to be happy.

Edward Deiner of the University of Illinois, believed to be the father of happiness/well-being research, designed a simple 5-statement scale that measures happiness.

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 happy with your life; 26 to 30: happy; 21 to 25: slightly happy; 20: neutral point; 15 to 19: slightly unhappy; 10 to 14: unhappy; 5 to 9: extremely unhappy

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Happiness 3G

Sharon Andrew, Happiness Evangelist at Happiest Minds Technologies, Bangalore, writes about the 3 Gs of happiness.

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Grateful

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. ~ Joseph Wood Krutch

Happy people live in a constant state of gratitude, consciously recognizing the many blessings they receive.

They also unabashedly and generously demonstrate their gratitude, truly and appreciative of the people and opportunities that come their way.

Let us make a habit of outwardly showing our thankfulness.

Giving 

Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. ~ John Templeton

Random acts of kindnesses – saying hello to someone we have not met, helping someone cross the street, paying the toll for the person behind us in line – make us feel good.

The warmth in our hearts last long after the deed is done.

It is not self-sacrifice; it is an effective way to see that selfless deeds, do, indeed, have extraordinary impact.

Let us give of our time, our talent, our treasure.

Graciousness

When you become the conduit for graciousness, you get stronger, truer, freer and more fiercely alive. ~ Danielle L.

When we choose to be gracious, we find ways to say what we really mean in ways that resonate with who we are.

Being gracious is being kind, respectful, courteous and considerate.

It means really listening to others who have differing points of view because it makes them feel valued.

It is being considerate of others who may not be acting graciously!

Let us treat one another graciously and with kindness.