Happiness Quiz

Happiness Quiz   (Which of the following are true)

  1. Happy people get sick less often than others.

  2. People around them rate happy people as more competent and socially adept than others.

  3. People around them rate happy people as more likely to go to heaven than others.

  4. Buying new experiences (vacations, balloon rides, etc) is more likely to create happiness than buying new things.

  5. Being satisfied at your job is more likely to contribute to you feeling happy.

  6. People with higher incomes tend to score higher on wellbeing/happiness surveys.

  7. Believing in some sort of higher power (“God,” your group, your union, NASCAR) increases the likelihood that you will be happy.

  8. Having one or two very close friends (or lovers) tends to contribute to happiness.

  9. Even if we receive the same income, being unemployed makes us less happy than being employed.

  10. Being physically healthy contributes to one’s sense of well-being and happiness.

  11. Being engaged in a community, and wanting to improve that community contributes to well-being.

  12. People who practice “an attitude of gratitude” appear more likely to experience happiness easily.

  13. Increasing acts of kindness contribute to a sense of well-being and happiness.

  14. Successfully stealing money tends to bring us joy.

  15. Getting high on great rum, fine wine, or great malt liquor tends to increase happiness. 

Answers: 1-3 (True)
According to Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky of The University of California, happy people tend to get sick less, have better immune systems, and live longer than others. Happy people are rated by those around them as more socially adept, more competent, and even more likely to get to heaven than their peers.

Answer: 4 (True)
Ryan Howell, of San Francisco University, conducted a study that seems to conclude that new experiences create happiness. His study of 154 people ages 19 to 50 showed that buying experiences--such as vacations, going to the theater or renting a sailboat, gave people more happiness than buying material things.  “People report a sense of feeling invigorated or inspired.” 

Answers: 5, 6, 10, 11 (True)
Gallup’s poll of 350,000 people developed numerous conclusions about what supports wellbeing/happiness. Job satisfaction makes a difference. Not surprisingly, probably due to the sense of choice and opportunity, people with higher incomes tended to score higher on the index.
Eric Nielson, a spokesperson for Gallup, said, "It's not just about physical health (which contributes). It's about their ability to contribute to work and be more productive, and it's about feeling engaged in a community and wanting to improve that community." 
Gallup plans to continue this “wellbeing index” survey for the next twenty-five years.

Answer: 9 (True)
Research on happiness by Bruno, Frey, and Stutzer seems to indicate that being unemployed, even when receiving the same income as when employed, is likely to substantially depress one’s well-being.  This seems to imply that engaging in productive work may make us happy.

Answers: 7, 8, 12, (True)
Dozens of surveys during the last half century suggest that belief in a higher power and presence of close friends or a romantic partner correlate with high reports of happiness.  

Answer: 13 (True)
Allen Luks, in his book, The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others, lists a number of health benefits for us as we initiate kind acts towards others. Practicing an act of kindness may create a helper’s high. Our endorphins are released after performing a kind act. We get a charge--a rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm and emotional wellbeing.  

Answers: 14, 15--What do you think?   Under some unique circumstances “stealing” could conceivably make someone happy. Alcohol is a depressant.