Fulfill your potential for professional and personal happiness.
Below are five statements that you may agree or disagree with. Using the 1 – 7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.
7 – Strongly agree
6 – Agree
5 – Slightly agree
4 – Neither agree nor disagree
3 – Slightly disagree
2 – Disagree
1 – Strongly disagree
____ In most ways my life is close to my ideal.
____ The conditions of my life are excellent.
____ I am satisfied with my life.
____ So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.
____ If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.
If your total is:Then, you are:
31 – 35 Extremely satisfied
26 – 30 Satisfied
21 – 25 Slightly satisfied
15 – 19 Slightly dissatisfied
10 – 14 Dissatisfied
5 – 9 Extremely dissatisfied
To make the scores more meaningful, it is helpful to understand the factors that impact most people’s experience of life satisfaction. Three main factors are:
Our social relationships.
These are one of the most important influences on our happiness.
Our work or studies or our performance in an important role.
When we enjoy our work, whether it is paid or unpaid work, or our role, such as homemaker or grandparent, and we believe that it is meaningful and important, we will have higher life satisfaction. When a person has important goals, and is making adequate progress toward them, this can lead to life satisfaction.
Our level of satisfaction with our self and our religious or spiritual life.
Clinical studies have shown repeatedly that an individual who has faith or a belief in something greater than him or herself tends to have better mental health.
In sum, there is no single key to achieving life satisfaction; rather, it is a recipe that includes a number of ingredients: social relationships, one’s performance in working toward goals—goals that derive from personal values—and finally, feeling a connection to something larger than oneself.
With time and effort, people who are dissatisfied can increase their life satisfaction score. Those who have had a loss recover over time. People who have a dissatisfying relationship at work can make changes; however, those who tend to be chronically dissatisfied should look within themselves and ask whether they need to develop more positive attitudes to life and the world. Then, if need be, they should get the support they need to make the right changes.
As your career coach, I will guide you, encourage you, and help you to reset your course and take your career to a higher level.
Have you ever felt anxious, worried, or stressed out? Who hasn’t? In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults.