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A whole branch of psychology called Positive Psychology has been dedicated to deciphering the Happiness Quotient in humans. More than just being in a positive mood, happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life – a life that delivers reason for existence and a denser satisfaction for life.


Research shows that happiness is not the result of bouncing from one joy to the next; achieving happiness more than often involves times of considerable discomfort. Like money; it is important to happiness, but only to a certain point. Money provides freedom from worries about the basics in life—housing, food, and clothing. However, our past including our genetic structure, circumstances, environment, achievements, status, social relationships influence how happy we are. Add to this our individual ways of thinking, expression and feeling. Researchers estimate that much of happiness is under personal control. Regularly indulging in small pleasures (such as warm baths), getting absorbed in challenging activities, setting and meeting life goals, maintaining close social ties, and finding purpose beyond oneself are all actions that increase our emotional responses to external stimuli.


“Myers and Diener (1995) define “happiness” as the experience of high frequent positive affect, low-frequent negative affect, and an overall life satisfaction. Academically, the three aspects of happiness have been named as hedonic (Kahneman et al, 1999), eudaimonic (Waterman, 1993), and evaluative (Deaton, 2012). The hedonic aspect is more about people’s subjective feelings and emotions. For example, people’s evaluation of life satisfaction can reflect the hedonic part well. The high frequency of experiencing positive feelings and low frequency of suffering negative feelings is considered as a happier status. While, scholars such as Schimmack (2008) inserted that the illusion of happiness and even falsely perceived temporary happiness cannot be considered as indicators of “true” happiness. The eudaimonic school of views defined happiness as a truly well lived life, with a sense of competence and purpose. This state of life can help you meet basic psychological needs and interact with the environment around you well. The evaluative aspect of happiness refers to people’s own way of evaluating particular aspect of their lives.” Source: Hongyi Huang, WORKPLACE HAPPINESS: ORGANIZATIONAL ROLE AND THE RELIABILITY OF SELF-REPORTING, 2016

How happy can one be and how do we figure it out? Let’s read further…

The three states of existence determine our happiness levels through the factors of personal strength of character and emotional stability.

PAST: The past is the most painful yet the easiest part. It is the part to let go, to pardon and nurture patience for enjoying the present. Yet this is the part which people fail the most; to forgive. Carrying the burden of the past can be a painful journey that does not allow one to enjoy the present. Similarly, to be hopeful of the future, one has to have the grit and determination that s/he can overcome the failures of the past and be successful and thus happy about the future.

PRESENT: The present is the existent state and it is entirely determined by our response to the immediate external environment. Contentment is the highest state of Happiness where one is happy irrespective of the external factors. However, being happy in the present builds optimism for the future; being positive in the present is the door to future bliss.

FUTURE: Being unhappy about what one has yet to experience is the worst state of being. It showcases low confidence and determination. Both factors however vary; when one isn’t confident about the future, it stems from a troubled past that still haunts in the memory while a low optimism is often due to a disturbed present that fails to drive hope into the future.


The assessment looks at five areas related to happiness.

Perception of the PAST

Perception of the PRESENT

Perception of the FUTURE

Overall HAPPINESS Scale

Contentment Score

19 questions have been posed to the inmates with responses recorded on a Likert Scale; 5 questions each about their perception about the three stages and further 4 questions for validation and surrogate response.

The report uses SPANE (Scale for Positive and Negative Experience) scale to indicate the inmates’ position of perception and offers the final score as depicted below; this report is however focused with the overall findings.


Keeping the note in mind Pexiscore have come up with Happiness Report.

Click here to download sample report: Happiness report sample

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Reuben Ray

He is the CEO of Pexitics having wide knowledge of HR concept and theories.




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