The Happiness Test: How Happy Are You?

Below you’ll find the The Oxford Happiness Inventory developed by Michael Argyle (2001).  I think there are other ways of measuring how well you feel about your life, but this gives a good quick snapshot. There are a number of other psychological tests measuring happiness. Some are as simple as asking are you happy. Others measure a number of other factors.  I like this test best though of this type. For two reasons.

One, it’s reliability and validity. This is important from a scientific viewpoint to ensure the test is measuring what it says it is – and with some accuracy. The OHI has shown a test-retest reliability of .5-.6 with a six year interval. In other words, scientifically it provides at least as true a test of happiness as any other questionnaire.

Two, the way that it defines happiness as a stable and enduring trait, as opposed to a moment to moment sensation, which will vary depending on your current mood.

The Test

The test works on you using a scale of agreeing or disagreeing with the statement given.  Use the number that best suits how you feel about the statement.  The options are;

1 = strongly disagree
2 = moderately disagree
3 = slightly disagree
4 = slightly agree
5 = moderately agree
6 = strongly agree

Be careful in the scoring and reading of the test, because some are phrased positively and others negatively.  The red questions are scored the reverse way, so strongly agree scores a 1 instead of a 6.

Just answer with your gut feel about the question as it affects your life most generally. No need for any in depth analysis or soul searching. The first answer that comes into your head is probably the closest.

The Questionnaire

1. I don’t feel particularly pleased with the way I am.  (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

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. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

6. I am not particularly optimistic about the future. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

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. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

11. I laugh a lot. _____

12. I am well satisfied about everything in my life. _____

13. I don’t think I look attractive. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

14. There is a gap between what I would like to do and what I have done. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

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. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

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. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

24. I don’t have a particular sense of meaning and purpose in my life. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

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. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

28. I don’t feel particularly healthy. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

29. I don’t have particularly happy memories of the past. (R) _____ (Remember Strongly Agree here scores 1 not 6)

Getting your score

Add the numbers for all 29 questions. (Making sure that the red questions are scored in reverse.)

Then divide by 29. So your happiness score = the total divided by 29.

On it’s own it is just a snapshot, but does give a measurement which you can keep track of in an excel doc or note 6 months or a year ahead in a diary to compare as you re-take the test.

A Note On Your Score

As I’ve said, all this test provides is a snapshot of where you are at the moment. The average score is slightly over 4, but average means nothing really does it?

All that matters is how you feel.  If your score was low or high, you’ll still want it to be better, won’t you? I believe there is always higher you can go.  Always something you can work on to reach the next level in your evolution.


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.



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    Manoj Kumar Paul says

    the questionnaire needs more additions taking into account the other angles from which one considers happiness

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      Simon says

      Chaz this is actually an exceptional questionaire. you need to wake up and smell the sunshine. Take these questions and aim to get a five on all of them. you sound unhappy, so take a leaf out of this quiz

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    Guiva says

    This test is good because it really tells you if your happy or sad in your life. I would really, extremely recomend this test to other people. This is the best test I have ever taken. I loved it. I congratulate the person that made this test.

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    I liked it but it needs more questions. I mean like asking ''Do you like the things youve done in life?'' Does anybody agree with me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I know I am negative :) but this test is really geared toward extremely happy people with the words completely, always, boundless, intensely, etc.

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    Rasmus says

    Test fails to reflect schizoid people’s happiness. They fall heavily on the negative side regardless of actual level in the individual

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    rachel says


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    tara says

    I agree with Chaz. This test is stupid!!! Really I’m on top of the world…what kind of question is that? With todays society? Not unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth.

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    Yos Karyoso says

    Happiness is very unstable condition for everyone. The result of the happiness test or inventory depends on people temporary feeling. Easily, it is possible to change by the fluctuations.

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    Tj says

    I chose to answer this using how I would normally feel, right now I’m tearful but I’m still optimistic about the future and people. The fact that I am taking this test means that I question my happiness.

    I just thank God that I’m alive each day, that’s what really gets me by and sustains me!

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    boredoutmymind says

    I found the test too long. You can become extremely bored towards the end and that would therefore effect your outcome.

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