Frequently Asked Questions about The Happiness Initiative and The Gross National Happiness Index - projects of The Happiness Initiative

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Happiness Initiative and The Gross National Happiness Index - projects of The Happiness Initiative, including: Why Happiness? Can Happiness be measured? What does it mean to me?

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1.Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & the Gross National Happiness Index survey.Frequently Asked Questions Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org2. What is Happiness? Mostpeoplethinkofemotionsasdefininghappiness.Thisisonepartofhappiness.Scientistscallitpositiveaffectand negativeaffectmeaningfeelinghappy,joy,sad,angry,stress,orother emotions.Anotherimportantwayofdefininghappinessissatisfactionwith life,meaningwhetheryouarelivingthebestlifeforyouandfeelyourlifeis worthwhile.Theseareusuallytheonlytwothingsusedtodefinehappiness. However,theconditionsinwhichweliveinfluenceonouraffectandsatisfaction withlife.Byincludingtheconditionsofhappinessinadefinitionofhappiness, weacknowledgetheinternalandexternalareintegrated.Weusethedomain approachcreatedbyBhutan,andaddsonedomain:workexperience.Thisway, whenyoulookatyourownhappiness,youcanseewhereyouhavebalanceor imbalanceinyourlifethatfostersorunderminesyouraffectandsatisfaction withlife.Theconditionsordomainsofhappinessweusetodefinehappiness (alongwithaffectandsatisfactionwithlife!)are:materialwellbeing/standardof living;governance;environment;community;socialsupport;education,arts& culture;health;psychologicalwellbeing;timebalanceandworkexperience. .Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org 3. What are the domains of happiness? Material wellbeing/standard of living: Financial Security, Meeting Basic Needs Governance: Confidence in Government, Involvement, Influence Environment: Access to Nature, Pollution, Conservation and Preservation Efforts Community: Volunteer time, Safety, Trust Social Support: Family and Friends, Feeling Lonely, Cared For or Loved Education, Arts & Culture: Access, Participation and Spectatorship of Sports and Cultural Activities Health: Energy Level, Performance of Everyday Activities, Exercise Psychological Wellbeing: Optimism, Positivity, Purpose, Sense of Accomplishment Time Balance: Sufficiency of Time to Complete Tasks, Leisure Time, Enjoyment of Activities Work Experience: Productivity, Achievement, Autonomy, Sense of Fair Payment for Services .Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org 4. Can you measure happiness?The field of measuring happiness is a relatively new development, and this science is becoming more reliable. The OECD Guidelines on Measuring Wellbeing sets forth the perimeters of subjective wellbeing (happiness) measures. The World Values Survey, the Gallup-Healthways survey, The OECD Better Life Index and many other organizations have been measuring national happiness and wellbeing for many years using questionnaires developed by scientists. Questions have been developed which scientists believe offer reliable information about life satisfaction across cultural divides. Our Gross National Happiness Index survey is a carefully vetted compendium of many of the most reliable questions from international surveys. .Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org 5. What do I get from taking the Gross National Happiness Index? When you complete the Gross National Happiness Indexsurvey, you will receive an instantaneous well-being score for each of the 10 domains and you will be able to compare your score with the median results for others who have taken the survey. You will find that the questions in this survey encourage you to think about your life in new ways and about what you can do to be happier. The Gross National Happiness Index survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and you cannot stop and start over, so do the survey when you have a period of free time. It is comprehensive survey that allows it to give you a comprehensive picture of your wellbeing in comparison to others.Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org 6. Where does our Gross National Happiness Index survey come from? A team of researchers from San Francisco StateUniversity's Personality and Wellbeing Lab developed the Happiness Initiative Gross National Happiness Index survey. It is a set of internally and externally scientifically validated questions designed to accurately predict conditions of wellbeing. The researchers kept the nine domains measured by Bhutan and added a tenth, workplace experience, identified as an essential condition of wellbeing by Gallup and others.Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org 7. Where does our Gross National Happiness Index survey come from? A team of researchers from San Francisco StateUniversity's Personality and Wellbeing Lab developed the Happiness Initiative Gross National Happiness Index survey. It is a set of internally and externally scientifically validated questions designed to accurately predict conditions of wellbeing. The researchers kept the nine domains measured by Bhutan and added a tenth, workplace experience, identified as an essential condition of wellbeing by Gallup and others.Happiness Alliance home of The Happiness Initiative & Gross National Happiness Index Surveyhappycounts.org

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