PERSONALIZED GUIDANCE REPORT
There is no single key to life satisfaction. Think instead of a recipe with many ingredients. Social relationships and personal goals based on one’s values play crucial roles in developing a strong sense of satisfaction.
With time and persistence, people can become more satisfied. Individuals who have experienced a loss tend to recover over time. Those with dissatisfying relationships or careers often introduce changes that will make them happier. When someone tends to be chronically dissatisfied, they can ask themselves how to develop more positive attitudes to life and the world. As you will see in this report, your assessment results will tell you a lot about your level of life satisfaction and how to increase it.
Understanding your life satisfaction starts with recognizing some of its components. To give you personalized guidance, we have measured three factors that contribute to life satisfaction. Each of these factors comprises seven areas.
The areas that contribute to this factor are self, spirituality, learning and growth, leisure, material property, family bonds, and moral code.
The areas that contribute to this factor are social position and prestige, political influence, culture, social welfare, political freedom, social equality, and economic well-being.
Professional or Personal Performance:
The areas that contribute to this factor are performance at school, performance at work, performance in a significant role, physical fitness, mental strength, intellectual capacity, and social capability..
The graphic below indicates the three factors that contribute to life satisfaction as measured by the quiz. Green represents a strong factor for you; yellow or orange indicates a factor that you might need to work on.
In addition to this summary a complete and personalized guidance report is available by registering with Talent Transformation. The personalized guidance report also links you to worksheets to help you develop your satisfaction with life.
A critical factor influencing life satisfaction is how content people are with themselves, their religious or spiritual lives, learning and growth, and leisure. Someone’s happiness with themself — their personality, values, beliefs, the efforts they put toward learning, and their ability to unwind and look within — contributes to their perception of life satisfaction. Conversely, low self-esteem or failure to meet these personal needs can lead to dissatisfaction.
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Other people might be experiencing more or less satisfaction regarding the personal factor than you are. Understanding other individuals’ levels of satisfaction will help you empathize with them and understand them better.
Individuals with low personal satisfaction tend to be extremely unhappy with their personal lives. In some cases, this could be a reaction to a recent stressful event such as separation from a loved one or loss of property. A chronic problem such as alcoholism or addiction could be the driving force in some cases. Changing attitudes and patterns of thinking and possibly pursuing different activities could help. If the individual does not make changes, their unhappiness could distract them from taking positive steps and impair their ability to function properly. Encouraging them to talk to a friend, family member, or professional counselor can often help them start moving in the right direction.
Individuals with high levels of personal satisfaction love their personal lives and feel that things are going very well. Life may not be perfect, but such individuals think that things are about as good as they can get. However, feeling extremely satisfied does not necessarily mean the person is complacent. Learning and working toward growth might contribute to their sense of satisfaction. For these individuals, life is enjoyable, and the major aspects of personal life are going well.
Those who are highly satisfied with their lives tend to have close and supportive family and friends, whereas those who do not are more likely to be dissatisfied. The loss of a close friend or family member can decrease life satisfaction and require considerable time for recovery but does not necessarily decrease overall satisfaction.
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Other individuals may display satisfaction with their social lives to a greater or lesser extent than you. Therefore, understanding others’ levels of social life satisfaction can help you interact with them better.
Individuals with low levels of social satisfaction are extremely unhappy with their social identity. In some cases, this is a reaction to a recent stressful event that may have demoralized them. In other cases, it may be a response to a chronic problem such as abuse, discrimination, economic challenges, or multiple difficulties. If the person has chronically low levels of satisfaction, they may need a change of environment, new friends, or reunification with old friends. Unhappiness that distracts the person from making necessary changes may lead to poor social functioning. Talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional can often help the person start moving in the right direction.
Individuals with high levels of social satisfaction are extremely satisfied with their social identity and feel that things are going very well — that life is as good as it can get. Such individuals work toward expressing their cultural and political identity. They feel valued and equal in their society and perceive it as fair and righteous. For these individuals, life is enjoyable, and the major aspects of life are going well.
PROFESSIONAL OR PERSONAL PERFORMANCE
Another factor that influences the life satisfaction of most people is performance at work or school, or in an important role such as homemaker or grandparent. When someone enjoys their work — whether paid or unpaid — and feels it is meaningful and important, this contributes to life satisfaction. When work is going poorly because of stressful circumstances or a poor fit with the person’s strengths, this can lower life satisfaction. When a person has important goals and is not making adequate progress toward them, this too can lead to life dissatisfaction.
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Other individuals may display satisfaction with their performance in professional or personal roles to a greater or lesser extent than you. Understanding others’ levels of satisfaction in this factor can help you understand their motivations, values, and emotions better.
Individuals with low levels of satisfaction with their professional or personal performance are usually extremely unhappy with their achievements, efforts, and performance. Sometimes this is a reaction to a recent stressful event such as a significant problem at work or the inability to perform a role. In other cases, it may be due to a chronic problem such as abuse, discrimination, or economic challenges. Persistently low levels of satisfaction can indicate that things are going badly, and life alterations are needed — perhaps a new job or introspection about the person’s social roles. Unhappiness that distracts the person from making necessary changes may lead to poor functioning. Talking to a friend, family member, or mental health professional can often help the person start moving in the right direction.
Individuals with high levels of satisfaction with their professional or personal performance are highly satisfied with their achievements, efforts, and performance. They feel physically fit/healthy, mentally strong, and happy. They perceive themselves as skillful and good at their jobs and life roles. They work toward excelling in their roles and staying physically and mentally healthy. This effort might be among the reasons the person is satisfied. For such individuals, life is enjoyable, and the major aspects of life are going well.
Additional elements such as health and the surrounding environment also play into one’s level of satisfaction. Many of these are unique to each person. Most are aware of the factors that lead to their satisfaction or dissatisfaction, but one’s temperament — their general tendency to be happy or unhappy — can color their responses.
Life Satisfaction is more stable and long-lived than happiness. Addressing shortfalls in the three factors you have been reading about in this report will help you build this steady sense of fulfillment.
You will find below some worksheets that will help you enhance your levels of life satisfaction. Talent Transformation provides these tools as guides for experiencing change. You can benefit from completing the prescribed exercises and implementing our suggestions.
As we have suggested throughout this report, you can make constructive changes if you are not as satisfied with your life as you would like to be.
Working to improve or enhance the three factors that we have described above can help you reach a higher overall level of life satisfaction. These factors embrace many aspects of life — everything from self-perception and social relationships to physical health and work performance. The surrounding environment and an individual’s general temperament also play into their level of satisfaction. Whatever your situation, there are things you can do to boost your sense of fulfillment.
Dr. Leslie Becker-Phelps offers five research-based questions to help you boost your life satisfaction (Becker-Phelps, 2012). We hope that contemplating these, along with your assessment results, will enhance your experience and take you closer to your goals.
Are you open to new experiences? Trying new things and breaking out of your routine is a great way to improve your satisfaction with life.
Are you persistent and focused enough to reach your goals? Committing yourself to whatever you do 100% (or as close as you can get) will give you a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction that mindless work and passive pleasures simply can’t deliver.
Do your interactions with others bring happiness? For an extrovert, spending time with others brings happiness and energy, while for an introvert, spending less time with others and more with oneself brings happiness and energy. First, identify what works best for you. Most of us need a balance of both. A healthy balance includes at least a few quality connections and occasional social interactions to feel happy with life.
How open are you toward people? Again, it’s essential to focus on positive interactions. Make an effort to be more positive and agreeable to ensure that you have the right kinds of interactions.
Do you often feel anxious, sad, guilty, shameful, or angry? These emotions can easily drag you down. Setting a goal to become a happier, more resilient person and working toward it is helpful. If you’re not sure how to go about it, set up some time with a therapist or counselor to discuss this.