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Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty? The Positive Psychology Quiz
by Staff
No matter where you fall on the emotional spectrum, measuring (and even talking about) emotions can be a little tricky. Okay, a lot tricky — but that hasn't stopped us from taking on the challenge.

What is positive psychology the science of?

  • organizational behavior
  • what makes life worth living
  • memory

Is happiness subjective?

  • yes
  • no

What field spawned the self-help movement and positive psychology?

  • humanistic psychology
  • psychopathology
  • psychoanalysis

True or false: Abraham Maslow, founding psychologist in humanistic psychology, also developed the hierarchy of needs.

  • true
  • false

Who coined the term "positive psychology," Dr. Martin Seligman or Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi?

  • Martin Seligman
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • both
  • neither

Which does positive psychology focus on?

  • anger
  • depression
  • resentment
  • well-being

Which does positive psychology emphasize?

  • personal happiness
  • civic engagement
  • spiritual connectedness
  • all of the above
  • none of the above

True or false: According to current research, everybody has a genetically predetermined level of happiness?

  • true
  • false

How much of your happiness is believed to be determined by your life circumstances?

  • 50 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 10 percent

What are the benefits of keeping a positive emotional state?

  • greater sense of well-being
  • longer life
  • better overall health
  • all of the above
  • none of the above

What is the "broaden-and-build" theory about?

  • the evolutionary function of positive emotions
  • addressing negative emotions in counseling
  • the specialties of the left and right sides of the brain

Which is NOT one of the components of happiness?

  • living a meaningful life
  • finding pleasure in life
  • ruminating about the past

True or false: Practicing happiness exercises can help improve happiness.

  • true
  • false

How much of our happiness is dependent upon our habits and lifestyle?

  • 20 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 75 percent

What is the ability to use positive emotions to undo a negative emotional experience called?

  • flourishing
  • reactance
  • resilience

True or false: Once our basic needs are met, having a little extra money can boost our well-being.

  • true
  • false

Does a good education or high IQ make us happier?

  • yes
  • no

Will repeating things that used to make you happy do so again?

  • yes
  • no
  • No one is sure.

How do positive psychologists describe living a well-lived life?

  • flourishing
  • functioning
  • languishing

What are the five most positive activities, according to a 2004 study of women?

  • relaxing, sex, socializing, taking care of children and watching TV
  • sex, socializing, relaxing, praying or meditating and eating
  • praying or meditating, taking care of children, watching TV, eating and relaxing

True or false: People who have a "positive emotional style" have better immunity to colds and flu.

  • true
  • false

What did the International Positive Psychology Association call the field?

  • the power of positive thinking
  • the psychology of building
  • the future of clinical psychology

Who came up with the ratio that for every one negative emotion we need three positive emotions for good well-being?

  • Nicholas Brown
  • Barbara Fredrickson
  • Harris Friedman
  • Alan Sokal

How much of our happiness is thought to be determined by our genes?

  • 2 percent
  • 10 percent
  • 50 percent

True or false: Studies suggest people feel happier around other people.

  • true
  • false

Performing how many acts of kindness each week will boost your happiness?

  • one
  • five
  • seven

Which is NOT a possible benefit of practicing gratitude?

  • lifts mood
  • raises energy levels
  • relieves pain
  • all of these

Where was the first positive psychology field first studied?

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan

Whose Positive Psychology 1504 class is the most popular course in the history of Harvard University?

  • Philip J. Stone
  • Shawn Achor
  • Tal Ben-Shahar

Is positive psychology the same thing as positive thinking?

  • yes
  • no