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Positive Psychology Test

Based on the work of Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D.

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and behavior, with a focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. Positive Psychology seeks to build on the good in life instead of focusing on the bad. The aim of Positive Psychology is to make ordinary people feel great, as opposed to traditional psychology, which often focuses on bringing traumatized people back to normal.

This Positive Psychology Test focuses on three domains that are of crucial importance to a person’s well-being. To take the Positive Psychology Test, indicate your level of agreement or disagreement with each of the following statements below.

Question 1 of 22

I reflect on the worst times in my life to help me realize how fortunate I am now.



The IDRlabs Positive Psychology Test (IDR- PST) was developed by IDRlabs. The IDR-PST is based on the work of Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Dr. Heide Lepper, Dr. Michael McCullough, Dr. Robert Emmons, Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, Dr. Gowri Anandarajah, and Dr. Ellen Hight, who created the Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS), the Gratitude Adjective Checklist (GAC), and the HOPE Questions. The IDR-PST is not associated with any specific researcher in specialized fields or any affiliated research institutions.

The IDRlabs PS Test was informed by the SHS, GAC, and HOPE Questions’ criteria for subjective happiness, gratitude, and spirituality as published in Lyubomirsky, S. & Lepper, H. S. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46, 137-155. Mattel, D., & Schaefer, C. (2004). An investigation of validity of the subjective happiness scale. Psychological Reports, 94 (1). Swami, V. (2007). Translation and validation of the Malay subjective happiness scale. Social Indicators Research, 88, 347-353. McCullough, M. E., Emmons, R. A., & Tsang, J.-A. (2002). The grateful disposition: A conceptual and empirical topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82(1), 112– 127. Anandarajah G, Hight E. Spirituality and medical practice: using the HOPE questions as a practical tool for spiritual assessment. Am Fam Physician. 2001;63(1):87.

The work of Dr. Lyubomirsky, Dr. Lepper, Dr. McCullough, Dr. Emmons, Dr. Tsang, Dr. Anandarajah, and Dr. Hight has also informed some of the criteria in the form of the widely used psychological instruments, the SHS, GAC, and HOPE Questions, for clinical use especially by qualified professionals. The present test is intended for educational purposes only. IDRlabs and the present IDRlabs PS Test are independent of the above researchers, organizations, or their affiliated institutions.

The Positive Psychology Quiz is based on a famous and well-regarded inventory for the assessment of subjective happiness, gratitude, and spirituality. However, free online tests and quizzes such as this one are solely first takes and cannot provide accurate assessments of your well-being. Therefore, the test is intended to be used for educational purposes only. A definitive assessment can be made only by a qualified professional.

As the publishers of this free online Positive Psychology Test, which allows you to screen yourself for your subjective well-being, we have strived to make the test as reliable and valid as possible by subjecting this test to statistical controls and validation. However, free online quizzes such as the present PS 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 Positive Psychology Test is delivered to you free of charge and will allow you to obtain your scores related to happiness, gratitude, and spirituality.

2. Clinically oriented. The feedback delivered by this instrument is based on the work of Ph.D.s and M.D.s and is designed to deliver a clear clinical picture of the respondent’s current symptoms indicating three facets of Positive Psychology as measured according to standardized items.

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

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