discussion 3 Happiness ThreadCOLLAPSE Your original discussion should answer the following questions and thoroughly discuss your work on the questionnaire

Happiness ThreadCOLLAPSE

Your original discussion should answer the following questions and thoroughly discuss your work on the questionnaire(s) you selected:

  • Your score on the questionnaire or results, if applicable. If your selected questionnaire doesn’t provide a score, then say so in your discussion and discuss the questionnaire.
  • Your opinion regarding your score or results based on the feedback in the questionnaire AND on what you learned about that topic in the related chapter. Discuss your results fully and why you think you got the score you got. What does your score say about your performance in that area?
  • What have you learned in the chapters and module that might change the way you think or act in the future? How will you apply this knowledge in your life?

Your work will be graded based on the following scoring rubric (all Yes answers earns 4 points; No’s will result in point deductions at your instructor’s discretion):



Length: original post is between 150-200 words?

Score: Lists the total score or describes the questionnaire?

Discussion: Discusses the score based on the feedback instrument or chapter and module contents?

Learning: Discusses what learned in the chapter and/or module?

Application: Discusses how you might apply what you learned?

Reply: Replied to one student with a meaningful 50-100 word contribution to their understanding of the topic?

Timely: All work was submitted on time?

College-level work: Writing was college level (spellling, punctuation, grammar)?  

Chapter 16 Positive Psychology
EXERCISE 16.1 Self-Assessment: What Is Your Happiness Profile?

All of the questions below reflect statements that many people would find desirable, but answer only in
terms of whether the statement describes how you actually live your life. Please be honest and accurate.
Use the following scale to answer the questions:

5 = Very much like me
4 = Mostly like me
3 = Somewhat like me
2 = A little like me
1 = Not like me at all

The Scale

1. My life serves a higher purpose.

2. Life is too short to postpone the pleasures it can

3. I seek out situations that challenge my skills and

4. I keep score at life.

5. Whether at work or play, I am usually “in a zone” and
not conscious of myself.

6. I am always very absorbed in what I do.

7. I am rarely distracted by what is going on around me.

8. I have a responsibility to make the world a better place.

9. My life has a lasting meaning.

10. No matter what I am doing, it is important for me to

11. In choosing what to do, I always take into account
whether it will be pleasurable.

12. What I do matters to society.

___13. I want to accomplish more than other people.

__14. I agree with this statement: “Life is short—eat dessert

15. I love to do things that excite my senses.

__16. I love to compete.
Source: Peterson (2006, pp. 100-103); based on Peterson, Park, & Seligman (2005).

Scoring the Scale
Your Orientation to Pleasure score is the sum of points for ques-
tions 2, 11, 14, and 15; your Orientation to Engagement score is
the sum of points for questions 3, 5, 6, and 7; your Orientation to
Meaning score is the sum of points for questions 1, 8, 9, and 12;
your Orientation to Victory score is the sum of points for questions
4, 10, 13, and 16.

My Orientation to Pleasure Score

My Orientation to Engagement Score

My Orientation to Meaning Score

My Orientation to Victory Score

Interpreting Your Scores
The questionnaire measures four possible routes to happiness:
through pleasure, through engagement, meaning, and victory. What
is the highest score of the four? This is your dominant orienta-
tion. And what is the configuration of your scores? That is, are
you “high” (> 15) on all four orientations? If so, you are oriented
toward a full life and are likely to be highly satisfied. Or are you
“low” (<9) on all four orientations? If so, you may have a more
empty life and are likely to be dissatisfied. You might consider
doing something different—anything!—in your life. And if you are
high on one or two orientations, chances are that you are satisfied
with life, although you might seek further opportunities for pursu-
ing your signature way of being happy.


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