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.

CHARACTER STRENGTHS

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).

SATISFACTION WITH LIFE

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.

HAPPINESS

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.