So I got an interesting note from my fabulous editor. He brought up how I had apparently issued myself a challenge in a previous blog:
I’ll admit I’m not sure what a happiness test is, but it sounds like it could be fun. I’d be interested in knowing my Happiness Quotient, wouldn’t you?”
Now when I wrote this, and still when I read this, the idea of the ending clause “wouldn’t you” was more along the lines of “Wouldn’t you be interested in knowing your own Happiness Quotient” rather than knowing this writer’s Happiness Quotient. But nevertheless, in the event that someone other than myself would be interested in my own levels of happiness, I scoured the interwebs to test myself.
I’m going to actually quote one of the questions on a test from PsychologyToday, “[…]after ending up single once again; a friend decides to fix you up on a blind date…” Now, maybe it’s just me, and maybe I’m being too sensitive, but did it really need the phrase “once again” in there? It feels like I’m being called out as the guy who regularly ends up single, and that’s just rubbing salt in a wound, man. Low blow, guys. Low blow.
Never mind that, though; let’s look at the results. My favorite element of the scoring page was the title “Limitations” where underneath was written None Detected. That certainly gave me my rather trademarked goofy grin. This test also said that I “possess good coping skills,” am “not a cynical individual,” and that my “outlook on life is fairly hopeful.” According to another test (from the website of the ever-amazing Oprah), I have a score of 68-ish Healthy Happiness Points, while yet another test suggested I “enroll in a four-week happiness workshop.” I’m kinda befuddled.
In doing these tests, I did come to a realization of sorts. You can’t mathematically quantify an emotion, let alone the wondrous eccentricities and unique characteristics of a human being in any modicum, especially that of an online multiple choice questionnaire with rather bland examples and preset answers, none of which really seem to fit or adequately describe an answer I would fit to any of the questions.
In the end, you know, the only person that is in charge of your happiness is yourself and how you choose to react to the world around you. We all have a choice, and it exists regardless of whether we realize it on a conscious level. Do I want to be happy? My answer is a resounding yes, despite what any test may or may not tell me. Would I recommend any of these happiness tests? No. Sorry, Oprah, it’s just that, well, frankly I don’t think one really needs outside validation for their feelings. And I am happy with my self validation. 100%