Ed

New Year, New Beginnings… Make 2015 a truly happy year…

Most of us begin January with a handful of resolutions, but if we’re honest with ourselves these lists we create all point to one thing – making ourselves happier. Whether it’s losing weight to feel better and healthier in our bodies, finding a new job or learning a new language to feel healthier / challenged in our minds, or even to quit a bad habit so we can stop feeling so guilty all the time, increasing our everyday happiness is usually at the top of the list in some guise. Christine Webber, a writer, broadcaster and psychotherapist with a practice in Harley Street, and the author of Get the Happiness Habit, devised for us a short quiz to test your happiness levels. So take some time away from your green smoothies to analyse what really matters – it is not always changing what you do that makes you happy, but changing how you feel can certainly put you on the right track.

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Happiness Quiz

1. Do you feel sad?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

2. Do you feel that life is passing you by?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

3. Do you find it difficult to experience joy in little things – like a sunny day, or a favourite song on the radio?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

4. Do you feel that bad things keep ‘happening’ to you?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

5. Do you keep promising yourself that you’ll get organised – but somehow fail to do it?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

6. Is it hard for you to feel pleased, even when things go well?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

7. Do you feel stuck in a rut?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

8. Do you feel angry or on edge?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

9. Do you tend to believe that you need something or someone to make you happy?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

10. Do you believe it’s impossible to be happy if you’re not in a relationship?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

11. Do you believe that you’re a pessimistic person – and unlikely to be able to change that?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

12. Do you find it hard to sustain friendships?
a) Never or rarely  b) Occasionally  c) Much of the time

 

Results:

Mostly answered ‘a’ – Congratulations! You have the happiness habit!

 

Mostly answered ‘b’ – Like most people, your levels of optimism and contentment tend to fluctuate. You can improve your levels of happiness by learning some strategies that will help you to build a happiness habit.

 

Mostly answered ‘c’ – If you have 8 or more ‘c’s, you may well be depressed. Please go and have a chat with your GP about it. Even if you have just a few ‘c’s, you may want to consider seeking therapy at some point. And you will almost certainly benefit from reading some of the suggested books – and visiting some of the recommended websites – listed in the Further Information Section of Get the Happiness Habit.

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