Monday, April 23, 2007

"Satisfaction with life scale" from Oprah

Warming up for another night's work, and the first night of recovering (or devastating, whatever) from an ache, I took this happiness quiz from Oprah. And here's what I got:
Your total score: 17

I put some texts in bold, texts to live by for the next days, next months, next years - next-who-knows-until-when.... More from Oprah:

If you scored 15 or under, you are dissatisfied with your life. If you scored 31 or higher, you are extremely satisfied with your life.

If you scored somewhere in the middle, happiness expert Dr. Robert Holden has some advice on how to live a more satisfying life. Dr. Holden says the key to being happy is overcoming "destination addiction," which he defines as "living in the not-now."

"It's always about tomorrow, so you're chasing 'more,' 'next' and 'there,'" he says. "You promise yourself that when you get there, you'll be happy. And I promise you, you won't, because you'll always set another destination to go for."

Instead, Dr. Holden says if you are unhappy with your life or looking to improve your score, there are two things you can do. "We have to learn to let go of our past, we have to give up all hopes for a perfect past. Let the past go, it's gone." After that, he says, "Take a vow of kindness. Be kinder to yourself and to others."

"It's never too late to be happy," he says.

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"It's never too late to be happy." Yes - until you forget the "past".... Sorry, kind of cryptic here. Now to work.
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