Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty? The Positive Psychology Quiz

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What is positive psychology the science of?

Positive psychology is the science of what makes life worth living — aka happiness.

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Is happiness subjective?

What makes you happy might not affect someone else the same way.

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

Both positive psychology and self-help came from the study of humanistic psychology.

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

American psychologist Abraham Maslow gave us both the theory of humanistic psychology and hierarchy of needs.

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

Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi introduced the term "positive psychology" in 1998.

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Which does positive psychology focus on?

Positive psychology focuses on positive emotions such as well-being.

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Which does positive psychology emphasize?

All of these are precepts of positive psychology.

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

While scientists used to believe this theory, it was disproved in the early 21st century.

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

About 10 percent of our happiness is driven by life circumstances.

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What are the benefits of keeping a positive emotional state?

All of these are benefits of positive emotions.

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

Our ability to have positive emotions may help us put negative emotions into perspective.

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Which is NOT one of the components of happiness?

Rumination is associated with negative emotional states, such as anxiety.

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

Practicing ongoing happiness exercises may increase positive emotions and overall happiness.

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

Research suggests up to 40 percent of our happiness depends on our own choices.

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

People who are resilient have the ability to bounce back.

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

Research suggests having a little leftover income doesn't improve happiness.

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Does a good education or high IQ make us happier?

Research also suggests a good education or a high IQ won't make you happy.

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

Doing things that have made you happy can make you feel happier.

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

Flourishing is used to describe a person living an positively optimized life.

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

The five most positive activities women named were sex, socializing, relaxing, praying or meditating and eating.

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

Psychologist Sheldon Cohen's research suggests positive emotions increase our immunity to colds and flu.

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What did the International Positive Psychology Association call the field?

The executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association called positive psychology the "psychology of building."

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

Researcher Barbara Fredrickson theorized the "ideal ratio" of positive to negative emotion is 3-1.

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

About 50 percent of our happiness and sense of well-being is biologically driven.

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

Bring on the positive vibes. Being in good relationships and spending time with others makes us happy.

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

Five acts of kindness every week (bonus if it's five in a day) can measurably boost happiness for several weeks.

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Which is NOT a possible benefit of practicing gratitude?

All of these are possible benefits of practicing gratitude.

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Where was the first positive psychology field first studied?

Martin Seligman launched the field of positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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

Dr. Ben-Shahar's positive psychology class made history as Harvard's most popular course ever.

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Is positive psychology the same thing as positive thinking?

Positive psychology studies the purpose and value of our emotions, while positive thinking focuses on shutting out any negative thoughts.

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