Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The following questionnaire has been used by Philip Watkins, a professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, to measure how grateful a person is by nature.
Grade each of the following statements on a scale of 1 to 9, where 1 means "I strongly disagree"; 5 means "I feel neutral"; and 9 means "I strongly agree."
_____ A. I couldn't have gotten where I am today without the help of many people.
_____ B. Life has been good to me.
_____ C. There never seems to be enough to go around, and I never seem to get my share.
_____ D. Oftentimes I have been overwhelmed at the beauty of nature.
_____ E. Although I think it's important to feel good about my accomplishments, I think that it's also important to remember how others have contributed to my accomplishments.
_____ F. I really don't think that I've gotten all the good things that I deserve in life.
_____ G. Every fall I really enjoy watching the leaves change colors.
_____ H. Although I'm basically in control of my life, I can't help but think about all those who have supported me and helped me along the way.
_____ I. I think that it's important to "stop and smell the roses."
_____ J. More bad things have happened to me in my life than I deserve.
_____ K. Because of what I've gone through in my life, I really feel like the world owes me something.
_____ L. I think that it's important to pause often to "count my blessings."
_____ M. I think it's important to enjoy the simple things in life.
_____ N. I feel deeply appreciative for the things others have done for me in my life.
_____ O. For some reason I never seem to get the advantages that others get.
_____ P. I think it's important to appreciate each day that you are alive.
How to tally your gratitude score:
1) Reverse-score questions C, F, J, K and O. For example, if you wrote down "8" in response to Question C, your score for that question should be "2"; and if you wrote down "3" for Question F, your score should be "7," etc.
2) Add up the result of those five reverse-scored questions.
3) Find your total score by adding to this subtotal the numbers you gave for the remaining questions.
Very low gratitude scores (lower than 98) have been associated with a lack of feelings of fulfillment. High scores (124 and up), on the other hand, are associated with a sense of well-being and satisfaction with life; people with high scores may be less prone to depression. (Most people fall in the 106-123 range.)