Life Satisfaction Scorecard
1. If you were to give a SCORE out of 10 for how SATISFIED you are with your life overall?
_____ / 10
2. If you were to give a SCORE out of 10 for how much FUN you are having in life?
_____ / 10
3. If you were to give a SCORE out of 10 for how HAPPY you are in your current CAREER?
_____ / 10
4. If you were to give a SCORE out of 10 for how overwhelmed, BUSY or cluttered you currently feel?
_____ / 10
5. I like myself:
(please put an X on the line to correspond with how much you like yourself on a scale of -5 to +5)
6. What is your FAVORITE thing in your life at the moment?
7. What could be IMPROVED in your life at the moment?
8. I am looking: (please tick all that apply)
- For More Meaning/Purpose in Life
- For More Fulfillment/Happiness in Life
- For More Ease/Simplicity or Balance in Life
- For More Freedom and/or Inner Peace in Life
- To Change or Move Forwards in my Career
- To Achieve my Goals Faster/More Easily
- To Learn to Trust Myself More/Be My Authentic Self
- Other (If there was something you haven’t mentioned yet, what would it be?) ______________________________________________________________________________
I am ready to take ACTION and make changes in my environment, habits and life?
Maybe / Yes / No (please circle)
In 2015 a nine(9) year study involving 4500 participants was published at Chapman University leading to surprising discoveries in terms of life satisfaction and how that increases (or not) your longevity.
The older men and women responded to this question, “All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life?” Responses ranged from zero to 10, with 10 indicating greater life satisfaction. The researchers assessed both average life satisfaction across time and the variability in life satisfaction across time. Other factors accounted for in the study included age, gender, education, health conditions, smoking status, physical activity, and depressive symptoms.
The researchers learned that as a participant’s life satisfaction increased, the risk of mortality was reduced by 18%! By contrast, as the degrees in life satisfaction varied, that led to a 20% increase in mortality. In short, individuals with higher levels of life satisfaction tended to have a reduced risk of mortality. Read more information about the study.
Life satisfaction comes from what you do and how you use what you have. It comes from a positive view of what is right in your life now. Of course, things can always be improved but you should try to enjoy your achievements so far. If you always look to solving problems you will never be satisfied until everything is how you want it to be and that will never happen.
Only you can truly answer the question “what will make you satisfied with your life?”. However, most people have basic needs, which make them satisfied.
Some of these needs are:
- Successful relationships
- Family (provides a sense of identity and belonging)
- Feeling that you are needed and loved
- Purpose in life (a difficult one but so important)
- Having choices and options
- Having achievable goals
- Doing what you enjoy
- Having the possibility to express yourself creatively and emotionally
- Feeling that you have value (this is your self esteem)
- Being understood and accepted for who you are
How can you become more satisfied and content?
- Be focused on what you want
- Learn to say no and be more assertive
- Be less self critical
- End negative thoughts
- Concentrate on what you have now and what is good
- Plan to take small steps to achieve what you want and reward yourself on each completed step
- Have goals
- Have friends
- Keep learning
Research shows that meaning in life comes from the stories we tell ourselves about our lives. Ever tried writing that story down? People who do are more than 10% happier with their lives. People who wrote about the history of their lives were 11 percent more likely to feel happy with their lives and 17 percent more likely to feel optimistic about the future. (businessinsider.com)
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