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The Flourishing Scale

The Flourishing Scale

As our ability to measure positive emotions, engagement, meaning, accomplishment and positive relations improves we can ask, with rigour how many people in a nation, in a city or in a corporation are flourishing.” Martin Seligman

The Flourishing Scale is a brief 8-item summary measure of a person’s self-perceived success in important areas such as engagement, relationships, self-esteem, meaning & purpose, and optimism. The scale provides a single psychological well-being  (PWB) score.


 The FLOURISHING Scale  (©Copyright by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener)

Below are 8 statements with which you may agree or disagree. Using the 1–7 scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by indicating that response for each statement.

• 7 – Strongly agree

• 6 – Agree

• 5 – Slightly agree

• 4 – Neither agree nor disagree

• 3 – Slightly disagree

• 2 – Disagree

• 1 – Strongly disagree

____ I lead a purposeful and  meaningful life

____ My social relationships are supportive and rewarding

____ I am engaged and interested in my daily activities

____ I actively contribute to the happiness and well-being of others

____ I am competent and capable in the activities that are important to me

____ I am a good person and live a good life

____ I am optimistic about my future

____ People respect me


Add the responses, varying from 1 to 7, for all eight items. The possible range of scores is from 8 (lowest possible) to 56 (highest PWB possible).

A high score represents a person with many psychological resources and strengths.

What do your scores indicate that you might want to focus on the increase your capacity to flourish and be your optimal best?

Reference: Diener, E., Wirtz, D., Tov, W., Kim-Prieto, C., Choi, D., Oishi, S., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2010). New measures of well-being: Flourishing and positive and negative feelings. Social Indicators Research, 39, 247-266.

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