Are You Flourishing?
A Quick Wellbeing Check

Joplin’s own Mark Liston, PhD, professional counselor with JoMo Counseling and educational psychologist, worked with award-winning psychologist Ed Diener, PhD, to develop a valid scale to assess our well-being.  The Flourishing Now Scale (© 2012 Mark Liston) is used in over 30 states and 8 other countries.  Why so popular?  First, it’s short with only eight questions.  Second, in 2 minutes, you can get a snapshot of your well-being.

Here is how one person scored:

Put a check in the answer box to the right that fits youNothing like meNot much like meLike me
Very much like meMore like me than anyone I know
1. My life has a meaningful purpose.X
2. My friends are encouraging.X
3. I lead an active, interesting life.X
4. I help others have better, happier lives.
X
5. When doing something important to me, I do it well.X
6. People who know me best would say I’m a good person with a good life.X
7. I think my future looks great.X
8. People respect me.X
Score Total:
2 + 9 + 12 + 5 = 28
_____ x 1 = 0__1__ x 2 = 2__3__ x 3 = 9__3__ x 4 = 12__1__ x 5 = 5

How you are flourishing?  Why not take the FNS?  Two options:

  1. Copy and paste this link into your browser and you will be emailed the results: https://umsl.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QizFy6NbPzkcSN
  2. Highlight and print the Flourishing Now Scale below.  Fill it out, total your score, and compare it to the scoring chart below.

Youth Flourishing Scale 

© 2012 Mark Liston

Put a check in the answer box to the right that fits youNothing like meNot much like meLike me
Very much like meMore like me than anyone I know
1. My life has a meaningful purpose.
2. My friends are encouraging.
3. I lead an active, interesting life.
4. I help others have better, happier lives.
5. When doing something important to me, I do it well.
6. People who know me best would say I’m a good person with a good life.
7. I think my future looks great.
8. People respect me.
Score Total: _____ x 1 =_____ x 2 =_____ x 3 =_____ x 4 =_____ x 5 =

Scoring chart:

Score Range8-1516-2324-30
31-3536-40
Level of FlourishingBe better to yourselfDoing OKFlourishingFlourishing greatlyOverly optimistic

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