2022: Your best yet or just another year....?

2022: Your best yet or just another year....?
By John Wood*

So...did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Or have you given up because they just don’t work for you? 

You know the drill...you stick with it for a while, but the focus eventually slips and you go back to doing what you have always done. Or, even worse, you stick with it for a long while, but it just doesn’t bring the improvements to your life that you thought it would.

Then what is it that is going to make that difference? What can you do that will actually make you feel like your life is better?

Over the coming weeks and months we're going to bring you a series of blogs where we will look at this question and, hopefully, come up with some answers that work for you.

First things first...determine really is how much room for improvement is there in your life?

The Satisfaction with Life Scale developed by Diener, Emmons and Larsen, is a widely used tool to self-measure how happy you are with your life. The scale has shown to be a valid and reliable measure of life satisfaction. Ok that's the psychology jargon...but you really can trust the results that the test gives.

Give it a run and see how you fare.


Below are five statements that you may agree or disagree with.

Using the 1 - 7 scale below, determine which of the 7 possible answers matches most closely with the questions below, and place the appropriate number on the line preceding that item.


  • 7 - Strongly agree
  • 6 - Agree
  • 5 - Slightly agree
  • 4 - Neither agree nor disagree
  • 3 - Slightly disagree
  • 2 - Disagree
  • 1 - Strongly disagree

    This is by you for you...so remember to be completely open and honest (with yourself) in your responses.


    ____ In most ways my life is close to my ideal.

    ____ The conditions of my life are excellent.

    ____ I am satisfied with my life.

    ____ So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.

    ____ If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.


    Scoring: Add up each of your scores to get your total 'score'. Then, use the cutoffs below as benchmarks for an indication of your level of satisfaction with life.

    • 31 - 35 Extremely satisfied
    • 26 - 30 Satisfied
    • 21 - 25 Slightly satisfied
    • 20 Neutral
    • 15 - 19 Slightly dissatisfied
    • 10 - 14 Dissatisfied
    • 5 - 9 Extremely dissatisfied


    Are you surprised by your answer?Are you interested to know how you compare? More people fall in the 21 – 25 bracket than any other.

    Our next blog will look at... 'So I scored 24, what does that mean?' 



    John Wood is a teacher of psychology and mathematics, a parent educator and personal trainer. He is passionate about, and studies, Positive Psychology and interpersonal relationships and the way they can change every aspect of life.