How Happy Are You?

12/05/2015

I was interested to read about an online tool that could tell you how happy you are. Given that it was on the NHS website I thought that it must have credibility, so I gave it a go - turns out my score is within the range most people typically score - I think that must mean I am averagely happy!
 
However on a more serious note evidence suggests that despite the people of Britain, in the main, becoming richer when asked to rate their own happiness it shows that our mental wellbeing has not improved. Research suggests that the things in life that we think will make us happy, therefore improving our mental wellbeing - such as possessions, more disposable income, holidays abroad - do not on their own lead to a lasting improvement in the way we feel about ourselves and our lives.
 
Of course there are many factors that will influence our wellbeing, it is said that the actions we take and the way we think have the biggest impact. Professor Stewart-Brown says "The fist thing you can do for your own wellbeing is to become curious about it. Start to think about what you've done in the past to promote mental wellbeing, and whether it worked. Then think about new things you can try. Remember, no-one can give wellbeing to you. It's you who has to take action."
 
Scientific evidence points to five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing, they are: 1. Get active 2. Connect with others 3. Keep learning 4. Be aware of yourself and the world 5. Give to others. All which seems to make sense, but sometimes it helps to have the obvious pointed out to us.
 
To take the online 'happiness' test search 'Wellbeing self-assessment' on the NHS website or go to our Facebook page, you will find a link at the bottom of our website home page.