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What if we were to think of happiness ‘spatially’? e.g. I am not happy, but happiness feels ‘close’. I am ‘in’ happiness now / in the presence of happiness now, but yesterday happiness felt like it was a million miles away.

This is not an ‘original’ idea, but I have not yet seen it used it in surveys or in psychology.

http://www.google.ie/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&cp=11&gs_id=2j&xhr=t&q=happiness+%22miles+away%22&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&pbx=1&oq=happiness+%22miles+away%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=bb87acda14707407&biw=1007&bih=427

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Measurement, Psychology

 

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Measuring non-attachment

Perhaps the most beautiful and insightful – albeit double-barrelled – personality test item I have ever seen –

“I find I can be calm and/or happy even if things are not going my way.”

Answer with the following:
1 = Disagree Strongly,
2 = Disagree Moderately,
3 = Disagree Slightly,
4 = Agree Slightly,
5 = Agree Moderately, and
6 = Agree Strongly.

From paper: A Scale to Measure Nonattachment

 
 
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