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Multidimensional Happiness Test

Drawing on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, this test maps the prerequisites for happiness in your life along multiple empirical dimensions. Analyses of Seligman's work have found these concepts to have satisfactory reliability, test-retest correlation, validity, and stability over time, as well as being gender-neutral in their approach and results. Consequently, the model is often used by clinicians, coaches, psychologists, and public health officials.

Are the prerequisites for happiness present in your life? For each of the following items, indicate your level of agreement below.

Question 1 of 40

I often feel as if the life I am living has been chosen for me by circumstances or by others; not by myself.



The IDRlabs Happiness Test (IDR-HT) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-HT is based on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., who authored the PERMA model of happiness. The IDR-HT is not associated with any specific researchers in the field of positive psychology, personality psychology, or any affiliated research institutions.

The test provides feedback such as the following: Pleasure is gained from frequently and consistently engaging in the things that give one pleasure. The sensation of pleasure contributes to happiness with immediate boosts of joy such as from, for example, enjoying one’s favorite food, watching a good movie or TV show, listening to music that one adores, playing an exciting game, or engaging in other similar enjoyable pastimes. Pleasure may also extend to self-care such as, for example, a woman having her nails done. In any case, pleasure is defined as an immediate joy that one engages in for oneself.

Enhancement is the development and healthy use of our unique strengths and skills as human beings, especially when used as a means to unlock material security and abundance for ourselves and our loved ones. People who score high on Enhancement utilize their signature strengths almost every day in ways that bring gratification and prosperity to their lives and demonstrate to themselves that they are valuable, thus nourishing their confidence, self-esteem, and happiness.

Meaning is the deep sense of fulfillment we experience when we employ our signature strengths and skills with an aim that is bigger than the well-being of ourselves and our loved ones. Whereas enhancement can be thought of as the individualistic (or social circle oriented) approach to happiness where we take of ourselves and our loved ones, Meaning is the genuinely altruistic, societal approach where we downplay our individuality and contribute to a greater cause.

As the publishers of this free online happiness test, which allows you to screen yourself for the manifestations of this virtue, we have striven to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting it to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present happiness test do not provide professional assessments or recommendations of any kind; the test is provided entirely “as-is.” For more information about any of our online tests and quizzes, please consult our Terms of Service.

Why Use This Test?

1. Free. This happiness test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to connection, mastery, progress, autonomy, purpose, pleasure, enhancement, and meaning.

2. Statistical controls. Statistical analysis of the test is conducted to ensure maximum accuracy and validity of the test scores.

3. Made by professionals. The present test has been made with the input of people who work professionally with psychology and individual differences research.

4. Comprehensive. This happiness test offers a comprehensive framework featuring the eight scales thought by researchers to be prerequisites for happiness in a person’s life.