Did you ever wonder, how you can visualize your happiness? Me, too. And recently I found the perfect tool to do so – it’s called the Wheel of Life.
What is the Wheel of Life?
It’s simple, it’s the perfect tool to start on your ultimate quest of happiness! In 3 minutes it gives you an overview of your life and how balanced you are.
So, how does it work?
It divides your life into 8 areas and allows you to assess those areas on a scale from 1-10. You can define the categories yourself but I went with those pictured below. You can use it to visualize your happiness and find out which areas of your life are balanced or unbalanced.
Here’s a picture of my wheel of life:
How I scored
Note: My life is not always as good as it is at the moment, a few months ago my wheel looked completely different. Life is an evolution and that’s perfect. Everything is changing and progressing. So don’t worry if yours doesn’t look like mine. In fact it’s supposed to be different!
Family & Friends: 7
Fun & Recreation: 8
Physical Environment: 4
Personal Growth: 8
Just think of the areas in which you want to improve. For example, I could improve my Physical Environment. Think about why you’re unhappy in that area of your life. It could be that (like me) you live in a dorm in college and don’t really like my roommates and the apartment itself as well as you’d hoped. Well, it’s time to make a change.
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Visualize your happiness
Fill out the wheel of life. Just draw it on a sticky note or a piece of paper.
Ask yourself these questions – on a scale from 1-10:
- How happy are you with your Health?
- How happy are you with your Wealth/Financial Situation?
- How happy are you with your Relationship to Family & Friends?
- How happy are you with your Fun & Recreation you have in your life?
- How happy are you with your Relationships/Love?
- How happy are you with your Career?
- How happy are you with your Physical Environment?
- How happy are you with your Personal Growth?
Connect the dots and look at your wheel of life. (BTW. it’s never gonna be round, so don’t worry!)
Find your areas of improvements (score 0-7)
Score 8-10 = only improve if it’s very important to you
Score 5-7 = room for improvement
Score 0-4 = big room for improvement
Act upon those areas of improvement
Problem: You scored low on Family and Friends
Solution: Call your parents & express your gratitude. Call your best friend and meet up with him.
Problem: You scored low on Relationships.
Solution: Google how to improve your interpersonal relationships. Read a book on love.
Problem: You score low on Physical Environment.
Solution: Move places. Meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone.
I hope this little self-assessment exercise helps you to point out the areas of your life that you can improve upon and that it will bring you to a happier life!
This piece was written by Chris Mauerer and originally appeared on the Delivering Happiness website.