Personality-trait: Satisfaction with Life

Satisfaction with life measures your general sense of well-being and how contended you are with the progress of your life. Some measures of well-being make judgments about what is important for a good life by asking questions about specific areas, such as how much you enjoy your job or how much you like your neighbours. Instead we favour Diener’s Satisfaction With Life Scale, which asks general questions and allows an individual to decide what makes them happy. After all, if someone finds their job difficult and unrewarding, is in dispute with their neighbours, but still says they’re happy - then no one can argue with that. Perhaps they have a fantastic marriage which trumps all other concerns.

 

Example question: If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing