How Happy Are You? Take the Quiz

Happiness, in one form or another, is the focus of every living creature. We all want to be happy!

Take this quick quiz to find out your Happiness IQ.

Check any that apply to you:

  • I look for the best in everyone.
  • I can find a "silver lining" in most bad situations.
  • I give people the benefit of the doubt.
  • I generally see the glass as half full.
  • I can name three things I am grateful for most days.
  • I practice some form of spirituality or religion.
  • I believe that past hurts should remain in the past.
  • I try to forgive and forget but learn from my experiences.
  • I do my best not to overthink things.
  • I take care of my physical needs regularly.
  • I have plenty of social support.
  • I reach out to others to connect (not only when I need something).
  • I am kind to people most of the time.
  • I know how to calm and soothe myself when needed.
  • I engage in things that I enjoy regularly.
  • If I offend or hurt someone, I make amends as soon as possible.

How did you do?

Count the check marks and see how you did:
12-16 check marks = Yay! Your Happiness IQ rocks!
7-11 check marks = Your Happiness IQ is off to a good start.
Below 7 check marks = Your Happiness IQ needs a boost. Read on for suggestions...

21 Secrets to Happiness

There are many simple and easy things you can do each day that will increase your feelings of happiness. Here are 21 to help you get started:

  1. Build a proper foundation before putting up a house. Take time to strengthen your personal foundation and accomplishments will be much easier.
  2. Develop a level of spirituality and decide what that means to you.
  3. Find a way to invite more love into your life.
  4. Be grateful for today’s blessing rather than dwell on those things that you have yet to acquire. Today is perfect—embrace it.

  5. When choosing your fuel, be hands-on. Only you can choose the type of energy that fuels your life.
  6. Continuously learn. Choose how and how often you want to learn and stick with it on a weekly basis. Learning is evolution.
  7. Use your gifts wisely and orient your life around those gifts in a way that will help you progress each and every day.
  8. Understand your vision and allow it to light the way for the goals and path for your life.
  9. Take time to learn and expand your vocabulary. Communication is the key to success. Speak up and understand what is worth saying. 

  10. Become comfortable with chaos as it is comfortable with you.
  11. Remember that integrity comes first, followed by needs, and then wants. Do what needs to be done now so you can do what you want to do later.
  12. In order to create the future you want, it’s crucial to resolve problems in the past while perfecting the present. Do the thing and the reward will follow.
  13. In order to live effortlessly, get more than you need and disregard how much you feel that you deserve.
  14. Take time to plan by using 10 percent of your time to work on the other 90 percent. While it doesn’t always feel true, your life is in your hands.
  15. Always set goals using personal virtues. Disregard all the woulda-coulda-shoulda wants and do while others only dream.
  16. Work towards financial independence despite how far away it seems. Every journey, despite the length, begins with a single step.
  17. Rather than changing a poor behavior, learn to evolve. Many diets fail, for example, because cold turkey is often linked with failure.
  18. Increase personal boundaries in order to give room for your heart and spirit to run free.
  19. Rather than waiting, learn to initiate. Waiting on others will often result in a lack of productivity. Instead, lead your own way.
  20. When a problem arises, be the one to solve it, despite who started it.
  21. Live in a community of like-minded individuals. Find others who you can help and allow them to bring out the best in you.

You don’t need a million dollars, a yacht, or a full-time housekeeper to be happy. A few simple behaviors done on a daily basis can move you closer to feeling happy each day. What will you start with?