Oxford Happiness Scale Questionnaire

At YouDrive we try and help people improve their health. We use ‘health’ but we understand there are other terms such as wellbeing or even happiness that reflect how we are doing in our lives – if you’re interested in the different definitions and ideas see our page on the subject.

We want to help whether you have a particular problem – physical, financial or mental – or if you just want to improve some specific part of your life or just make some improvements overall.

You’d be surprised, but there has been a serious amount of scientific work done in this area over the last twenty years.

We think there are a lot of reasons for this.

  • First it’s preventative – positive wellbeing can reduce the impact of physical and mental illness and build resilience, so diet, exercise, family and friends and healthy choices can help you navigate an unpredictable life.
  • Second, as we live longer the need to provide medical support for problems and care in later years becomes prohibitively expensive for those still working to fund, so anything that can be done to make people more healthy and stop problems becoming critical helps.
  • Third good health supports positive social and economic outcomes for the individual and for society as a whole – governments around the world are focussing on good health as an asset rather than ill health as a burden.

Did you know the OECD have a Better Life index that since 2011 focusses on well-being rather than economic statistics and GDP, where each country is scored? 

The 2020 World Happiness Report is the 8th measuring people in 156 countries by how happy their citizens are. 

In the UK we have been measuring wellbeing since 2011 and you can see the results at a national level on our page  and at regional level on the ONS website .

On a more local level the Co-op Community Wellbeing measures how well your local community works – you just enter your postcode! 

So first we allow you to assess your current health (or wellbeing, or happiness).  We do this by questionnaire.  Which one is determined by the type of person you are:

  1. You understand yourself well and want a quick overview of your health and wellness, and will drill down in any areas needing work
  2. You want to do a more detailed assessment and then focus on areas you’re already aware of
  3. You want to look at the whole situation in detail – we’re still working on this.

By the way, we take your privacy seriously – we collect information that you choose to provide but we de-identify it as much as possible and will never share it with anyone without your explicit consent.

You can then drill down into some specific areas and there are more questionnaires to see your situation in these particular areas.  We provide you with specific information and refer you to other potential aspects of help. Our next step is to build a personalised action plan – for now we will make a suggestion for you to develop your own plan and then after a time you can see whether this has had a positive impact by retaking the test.

In future we will be engaging with medical and behavioural specialists to devise action plans for individual people with specific situations.

We have an overall questionnaire which you can complete which will assess your current state.

Welcome to your Oxford Happiness Scale

The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire was developed by psychologists Michael Argyle and Peter Hills at Oxford University. Take a few moments to take the survey. This is a good way to get a snapshot of your current level of happiness. You can even use your score to compare to your happiness level at some point in the future by taking the survey again. If you are using some of the interventions presented on this site to raise your happiness level, you can see whether your score on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire goes up as a result.

There are 29 questions, each making a statement about happiness, and you state how much you agree or disagree with that statement, from:
1 = strongly disagree
2 = moderately disagree
3 = slightly disagree
4 = slightly agree
5 = moderately agree
6 = strongly agree

Please read the statements carefully, because some are phrased positively and others negatively. Don’t take too long over individual questions; there are no “right” or “wrong” answers (and no trick questions). The first answer that comes into your head is probably the right one for you. If you find some of the questions difficult, please give the answer that is true for you in general or for most of the time.
1. 

I don’t feel particularly pleased with the way I am.

2. 

I am intensely interested in other people.

3. 

I feel that life is very rewarding.

4. 

I have very warm feelings towards almost everyone.

5. 

I rarely wake up feeling rested.

6. 

I am not particularly optimistic about the future.

7. 

I find most things amusing.

8. 

I am always committed and involved.

9. 

Life is good.

10. 

I do not think that the world is a good place.

11. 

I laugh a lot.

12. 

I am well satisfied about everything in my life.

13. 

I don’t think I look attractive.

14. 

There is a gap between what I would like to do and what I have done.

15. 

I am very happy

16. 

I find beauty in some things

17. 

I always have a cheerful effect on others.

18. 

I can fit in (find time for) everything I want to.

19. 

I feel that I am not especially in control of my life.

20. 

I feel able to take anything on.

21. 

I feel fully mentally alert.

22. 

I often experience joy and elation.

23. 

I don’t find it easy to make decisions.

24. 

I don’t have a particular sense of meaning and purpose in my life.

25. 

I feel I have a great deal of energy.

26. 

I usually have a good influence on events.

27. 

I don’t have fun with other people.

28. 

I don’t feel particularly healthy.

29. 

I don’t have particularly happy memories of the past.

I recommend you record your score and the date. Then you’ll have the option to compare your score now with your score at a later date. This can be especially helpful if you are trying some of the exercises, and actively working on increasing your happiness.

Reference:
Hills, P., & Argyle, M. (2002). The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: a compact scale for the measurement of psychological well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 1073–1082.

Health domains

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We break down the overall concept of health or wellness into ‘bite-sized chunks’ that we can actually do something about.  The first level we call health domains.

We like the Life of Wellness site and we have chosen the following domains.

1. Emotional Wellness: Awareness and acceptance of feelings
2. Spiritual Wellness: A search for meaning and purpose
3. Intellectual Wellness: Recognition of your creativity, knowledge and skills
4. Physical Wellness: Need for physical activity and balanced nutrition
5. Environmental Wellness: Positive awareness and impact on your environment
6. Financial Wellness: Debt reduction, cash flow balance or financial future planning
7. Occupational Wellness: Personal achievement and enrichment from your career
8. Social Wellness: Contribution to your community

wellness wheel

Health Areas

Within each domain, we have included a number of health areas. These are specific issues that you can tackle.  Within each health area, e.g. Depression, once you have subscribed we have built additional information and exercises which you can do to help in the area.

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See which domains you should address

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Having established that we use 8 domains, you need to understand which you should concentrate on.

The 8 are:

  • Emotional
  • Environmental
  • Financial
  • Intellectual
  • Occupational
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Spiritual

You can take a questionnaire, which scores you in each domain.  You can decide which domains you are strong in, and which you need to improve.

Another analysis shows which domains you should look at, but also which domains you want to look at.

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.