Subjective Wellbeing

When you first enter your Happiness Lab you will be asked to evaluate your Subjective Wellbeing using the world’s best practice measure. Every three months you will be prompted to take the measure again so you can start to track your wellbeing in real time. You will be able to identify trends, changes and learn what is impacting your wellbeing.

The literature on subjective wellbeing (SWB), including happiness, life satisfaction, and positive affect, is reviewed in three areas: measurement, causal factors, and theory. Throughout history philosophers considered happiness to be the highest good and ultimate motivation for human action (Ed Diener, 2009).

Definitions of wellbeing and happiness can be grouped into three categories: 

  • Living virtuously and honourably for the benefit of all
  • Having experiences that leads people to evaluate their lives in positive terms
  • Experiencing or being predisposed to mostly pleasant emotions

By measuring our Subjective Wellbeing regularly, we can start to assess how our lives are tracking and learn what circumstances and activities enhance our wellbeing and which detract from our wellbeing.

This puts us in the drivers seat for influencing how much wellbeing we experience and how to increase our wellbeing during various periods of our lives.