The scales you completed were the Flourishing Scale and the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience, both developed by Ed Diener (2009).

The Flourishing Scale measures the psychological resources and strengths that contribute to the quality of your day-to-day life. People who are flourishing in life have:
  • Positive relationships
  • Feeling of competence
  • High Self-esteem
  • Optimism
  • A feeling of meaning and purpose in life
The two graphs below show your subjective well-being scores in green bars. In the first table is your flourishing score--in the second table is how much you experience positive and negative emotions. The subjective well-being scores of less-happy people are shown in red bars and the subjective well-being scores of happy people are shown in blue bars.

Again, the graph below shows your typical level of positive and negative emotions.

As the two graphs above shows, happier people tend to be flourishing and experience a lot of positive emotions. Less happy people tend to experience more negative emotions.

Why are these constructs important for well-being? Well, these scales are how we sometimes measure well-being! Here is a good interview with Ed Diener, the psychologists behind these scales.

What can I do to change my scores?
While we can’t tell you what exactly will make you happy, here some tips that can help:
  • Participate in physically active hobbies.
  • Put effort into maintaining relationships that make you happy.
  • Stay optimistic – don’t avoid your problems or their seriousness, but recognize that no bad thing lasts forever.
  • Learn new things about anything and everything – stimulate your mind.
  • Use your skills to help other people – you don’t know how good you’ll actually feel doing that.
  • Try to cut down commuting and mindless activities that take up your time, or at least try to make them as mindful as possible (e.g., read a book on the bus instead of tuning out).
People who took this scale were also interested in the Experiential Preferences Scale and Motivations for Experiential Buying Scale.

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