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Happiness. All of us want more of it, but how many of us know how to make it happen – not just for ourselves, but for those around us too.

Scientists have discovered the habits that tend to make people happy. Now, the nice folks at Do Something Different and Action for Happiness have got together to help you explore these and see how you're doing.

Take our simple 10-question quiz to get your Happy Habits Score and discover ways you could boost the happiness in your everyday life. Just answer each question as honestly as you can...

Question 1

How often do you make an effort to help or be kind to others?

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We're talking about going out of your way for someone else: 10 if you're always making an effort to help others, 0 if you never do it.

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Question 2

How often do you put effort into the relationships that matter most to you?

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Think about how often you make time for the family, friends and loved ones that really matter. Score 10 if they're a constant priority in your life; score 0 if you just take them for granted.

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Question 3

How often do you spend at least half an hour a day being active? (e.g. sport, walking)

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This could be a walk to the shops or the bus. Be honest: half an hour every day is a 10; half an hour, two or three days a week, is a 5. Sofa to car to sofa – that’s a zero.

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Question 4

How often do you take time to notice the good things in your life?

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This is about stopping to appreciate things like the natural world, music, the weather, a nice meal or simply things that are good in your life. If you do this every day give yourself a 10. If never, that’s a 0.

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Question 5

How often do you learn or try new things?

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This could be learning a foreign language, trying a new app or eating a different type of food. If you're adventurous and always doing new things score 10. Sticking to what you know is a lower score.

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Question 6

How often do you do things that contribute to your most important life goals?

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If you’re not sure what you want from life, go for a low score. If you’ve got a clear idea where you'd like to be and take regular steps towards getting there, give yourself a 10.

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Question 7

How often do you find ways to bounce back quickly from problems?

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If problems often weigh you down and you can’t shrug them off, go for a low score. If you try to react positively to setbacks and move on, give yourself a higher score.

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Question 8

How often do you do things that make you feel good?

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This is about making time for things that give you a boost, like your hobbies, passions and simple pleasures. If your life is full of these, that’s a high score. If you can’t seem to find time, that’s lower.

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Question 9

How often are you kind to yourself and think you’re fine as you are?

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Comfortable with who you are, or super self-critical? Score lower if you're always having a go at yourself; score higher if you’re generally kind to yourself.

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Question 10

How often do you do things that give you a sense of meaning or purpose?

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This might be supporting a cause, having a spiritual practice, or doing a job that makes a difference. A high score if you regularly feel part of something bigger, lower if it’s not a big part of your life.

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Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays?

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If the answer's "not at all" score 0. If the answer's "completely", score 10.

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Thanks for completing the test.

Congratulations! You scored at Level 5, the very highest level of our Do Happiness scale. You're already doing a lot to make yourself and others happy – and we’d really like some of what you’re on! But if you’d like to hone your happy habits still further and, most importantly, learn how to share your joyful spirit with even more people, take a look at our exciting new Do Happiness programme.

Great news! Your Level 4 score on the 5-Level Happy Habits scale suggests that you already do lots of the things that scientists have found make people happy. But there's still more you could do! And by honing those happy habits you could potentially get even more out of life. Our Do Happiness programme is packed full of simple, practical suggestions that could really help.

A good start! Your Level 3 score on the 5-Level Happy Habits scale suggests that you do quite a few of the things that scientists have found make people happy – but there's still room for more! And by sharpening up your happy habits, you could potentially be happier and get more out of life. Our Do Happiness programme is packed full of simple, practical suggestions that could really help.

Your Level 2 score on the 5-Level Happy Habits scale suggests that you do some of the things that scientists have found make people happy – but not that many of them! However, by adopting some different habits, you could potentially increase your happiness quite a lot. Our Do Happiness programme is packed full of simple, practical suggestions that could really help.

Your Level 1 score on the 5-Level Happy Habits scale suggests that you don’t currently do many of the things that scientists have found tend to make people happy. But there's good news too. By adopting some different habits, you could potentially increase your happiness a lot. Our Do Happiness programme is packed full of simple, practical suggestions that could really help.

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Your Happy Habits score measures how often you do things that we know tend to increase happiness. And with a Level 5 score you're already doing a huge amount, which is really fantastic. You’ll undoubtedly know happiness doesn’t come from the stuff that money can buy. You’ll value the strong bonds you have with the people you love. And you’ll know how to find lots of joy in life’s simple pleasures, however tiny they may be. You get as much delight from making others happy as you do from personal pleasures. This is too good to keep all to yourself. Have you thought about spreading your happy habits around? By joining the Do Happiness programme you can be sure to keep your happiness habits at the top level, and add some nice new twists along the way. You’ll also earn a free place that will be given to someone who needs help getting more happiness into their life. To learn more about it, visit Do Happiness now.

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Your Happy Habits score measures how often you do things that we know tend to increase happiness. And with a Level 4 score you're already doing lots of these, which is great. You’ve obviously picked up lots of happy habits as you’ve gone through life. We bet you’ve also figured out that what really makes you happy isn’t the stuff that money can buy. It's having strong bonds with people who matter to you. And doing things to help them feel good too. Because, when we spread happiness around, the warm glow we ignite reflects back on us. And there’s no better feeling. The good news is that you still have room to improve your happy habits score. Our Do Happiness programme designed by our team of psychologists and happiness experts can help you to push your happiness habits to the top level. And if you sign up you’ll also be donating a free place to help someone else and spread a bit more happiness for others. To learn more about it, visit Do Happiness now.

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Your Happy Habits score measures how often you do things that we know tend to increase happiness. And with a Level 3 score you're doing some of these, but not as many as you could. Of course, we’re all unique and what makes us happy differs a lot between us. So if you feel good about how things are in your life right now, that’s great! But if you’d like to get more happiness into your life then our Do Happiness programme could really help. It’s a unique programme, designed by our team of psychologists and happiness experts. They know that happiness is a skill that can be learned. And by developing more happy habits, you’ll not only bring more happy moments into your own life, you’ll spread more joy to those around you too. And then life just gets better and better. Learning to use more of our happy habits every day is important. To do a good deed for another. To do stuff that lifts people's spirits and feels good. To have fun again. If you'd like to enhance your happy habits, visit Do Happiness now.

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Your Happy Habits score measures how often you do things that we know tend to increase happiness. And with a Level 2 score you're only doing a few of these right now. Of course, we’re all unique and what makes us happy differs a lot between us. So it may be that you still feel good about how things are in your life - and if so, that’s great! But if you're feeling unhappy or anxious then you might want to talk to your doctor to find out about treatments that could help you feel better. There’s more information about the types of support available on the Action for Happiness website. And if you’d like to get more happiness into your life then our Do Happiness programme could really help. It’s a unique programme, designed by our team of psychologists and happiness experts. It makes it simple to learn new happy habits. Habits like remembering to count your blessings. To not rush through life missing all the good bits. To be a bit kinder to yourself. If you'd like to learn more, visit Do Happiness now.

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Your Happy Habits score measures how often you do things that we know tend to increase happiness. And with a Level 1 score you're not doing many of these at all. Of course, we’re all unique and what makes us happy differs a lot between us. So it may be that you still feel good about how things are in your life - and if so, that’s great! But if you're feeling unhappy, anxious or depressed then you should talk to your doctor to find out about treatments that could help you feel better. There’s more information about the types of support available on the Action for Happiness website. And if you’d like to get more happiness into your life then our Do Happiness programme could really help too. It’s a unique programme, designed by our team of psychologists and happiness experts. It makes it simple to learn new happy habits. Like doing good things for other people (yes, that makes them happy but rubs off on you as well, it’s a win-win). Like being kinder to yourself, or stopping and noticing not the rain cloud, but the bit of sunshine behind it. To learn more, visit Do Happiness now.

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