The 7-day happiness challenge quiz

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These questions were designed with Dr Robert Waldinger, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, to help you take stock of the range and strength of your social ties.اضافة اعلان

1. Do you feel satisfied with the number of close friends you have?
A. Yes
B. No

2. Are you comfortable striking up casual conversations with people?
A. Yes
B. No

3. How many family members do you have close relationships with?
A. None
B. One to three
C. Four or more

4. How many people could you call in the middle of the night if you needed help?
A. None
B. One
C. Two or three
D. Four or more

5. When was the last time you expressed gratitude to someone important in your life?
A. Cannot remember
B. More than a month ago
C. Within the past month
D. Within the past week

6. Do you participate in any group activities, either in person or virtually?
A. No
B. Yes, a couple of times a year
C. Yes, monthly
D. Yes, weekly

7. Think of your closest friend (someone who does not live with you). How many hours did you have contact with each other last month?
A. None
B. One hour or less
C. Two to four hours
D. Five hours or more

8. Do you have a partner? If so, how much of your social activity includes that person?
A. I do not have a partner
B. Almost all of my social activity
C. A moderate amount
D. Very little to none

9. Picture your closest family member. If you could never talk to each other again, would that person know how you felt about them?
A. No
B. Yes

10. How often do you talk to acquaintances in your neighborhood, on your commute or in your workplace or school?
A. Never
B. Rarely
C. Sometimes
D. Often
E. Daily

11. Do you feel satisfied with the connections you have with people at work?
A. No
B. Yes

12. When was the last time you initiated a social plan with someone?

A. Cannot remember
B. In the past month
C. In the past week

13. When was the last time you said “yes” when someone initiated a social plan with you?
A. Cannot remember
B. In the past month
C. In the past week

Points per answer
A. zero B. one C. two D. three E. four

What the scores mean0–12: You are self-sufficient, maybe more than is beneficial for your health and happiness. You have some meaningful social ties, but your score suggests that you may not have many people to turn to for emotional support and a sense of belonging. You may simply be more introverted or have lost touch with some of the people you care about. You may feel intimidated by the idea of making more friends. This challenge will help you begin.

13–21: You have the outline of a healthy social network. You have a number of people in your life who make you feel connected — a good balance of friends and family, close ties, and those in your community whose faces you might know, if not their names. You have people who will show up for you and lend a hand if you need it, and you will do the same for them.

22 or more: You are in tiptop social shape. You thrive being around others and are comfortable in most social environments. You have found community in different realms of your life, whether it’s at work, with old or new friends, or around your neighborhood. Your strong ties help you cope with life’s ups and downs.

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