Free Online Well-Being Assessments
There are a number of free online well-being assessments available to the general public. Information and links to some of these assessments are included below. Inclusion of an assessment on this list is not an endorsement.
Scale: Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS)
About the scale: The Values in Action Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS) is a measure of one’s character strengths. The scale contains 240 self-report items that assess the degree to which they endorse 24 strengths of character (Peterson & Seligman, 2001)
Reference: Peterson, C., & Seligman, M. E. P, (2001). VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS).
Scale: Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)
About the scale: The Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS) is a 5-item self-report questionnaire that assesses general self-appraisals of life satisfaction.
Reference: Diener, E., Emmons, R.A., Larson, R.J., & Griffin, S. (1985). The satisfaction with life scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 49, 71-75.
Scale: Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6)
About the scale: The 6-item Gratitude Questionnaire (GQ-6) is a self-report survey that assesses individual differences in the tendency to experience gratitude in daily life
Reference: McCullough, M. E., Emmons, R. A., & Tsang, J. (2002). The Grateful Disposition: A conceptual and Empirical Topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 112-127.
Scale: Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS)
About the scale: The Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS) is a 4-item scale that assesses one’s level of subjective happiness. Two items assess happiness objectively and compared to peers, and two items prompt participants to compare their level of happinness to descriptions of happy and unhappy individuals.
Reference: Lyubomirsky, S., & Lepper, H. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46, 137-155. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Scale: The Curiosity and Exploration Inventory II (CEI-II)
About the scale: The Curiosity and Exploration Inventory II (CEI-II) assesses a person’s recognition and pursuit of novel experiences. The 10 self-report items comprise two factors: stretching (motivation to seek out new experiences and knowledge) and embracing (willingness to embrace novel and uncertain experiences).
Reference: Kashdan, T.B., Gallagher, M.W., Silvia, P.J., Winterstein, B.P., Breen, W.E., Terhar, D., & Steger, M.F. (2009). The Curiosity and Exploration Inventory-II: Development, factor structure, and initial psychometrics. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 987-998.
Scale: The Adult Hope Scale (AHS)
About the scale: The Adult Hope Scale (AHS) is an 8-item Likert measure of a respondent’s level of hope. The scale has 2 subscales: Agency (4 items measuring goal directed energy) and Pathways (4 items referring to goal planning).
Reference: Snyder, C. R., Harris, C., Anderson, J. R., Holleran, S. A., Irving, L. M., Sigmon, S. T., … & Harney, P. (1991). The will and the ways: Development and validation of an individual-differences measure of hope. Journal of Personality and Social psychology, 60(4), 570-585.
Scale: The Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ)
About the scale: The Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ) is a 10-item self-report survey that assesses meaning assesses the search for meaning (5 items) and the presence of meaning (5 items)
Reference: Steger, M. F., Frazier, P., Oishi, S., & Kaler, M. (2006). The Meaning in Life Questionnaire: Assessing the presence of and search for meaning in life. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 80–93.
Scale: Inspiration Scale
About the scale: The Inspiration Scale is a 4-item measure of one’s level of inspiration, a state characterized by evocation, motivation, and transcendence.
Reference: Thrash, T. M., & Elliot, A. J. (2003). Inspiration as a psychological construct. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 871-889.
Scale: Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale (MAAS)
About the scale: The 15-item Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale (MAAS) is a dispositional measure of mindfulness that assesses the frequency of mindful states in everyday life. It contains questions about both general and situation-specific statements.
Reference: Brown, K. W., & Ryan, R. M. (2003). The benefits of being present: Mindfulness and its role in psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 822-848.
Scale: Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS)
About the scale:The Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS) measures a person’s active and intentional involvment in personal growth and development. It contains 9 self-report questions.
Reference: Robitschek, C. (1999). Further validation of the Personal Growth Initiative Scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 31, 197-210.