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.

Is happiness subjective?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Which does positive psychology focus on?

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

Which does positive psychology emphasize?

All of these are precepts of positive psychology.

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.

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.

What are the benefits of keeping a positive emotional state?

All of these are benefits of positive emotions.

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

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

Which is NOT one of the components of happiness?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Which is NOT a possible benefit of practicing gratitude?

All of these are possible benefits of practicing gratitude.

Where was the first positive psychology field first studied?

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

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.

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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