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Psychologists find a way to assess the life lived

A scale for the usefulness of a life lived.

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Swiss scientists have developed a fulfilling life questionnaire that will help a person find and fully realize himself/herself.

Scientists from the University of Zurich have created a scale that allows you to assess how fully a person has lived his life or a certain stage of it. 

The corresponding article was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

A fulfilling life scale (FLS), in which three sources of fulfillment (self, life, impact/legacy) intersect with three criteria of fulfillment (wholeness, fit, value). 

Their combination gives nine aspects, including the full realization of their potential; loyalty to oneself; a sense of the significance of one’s existence; a unique footprint left in the world; contributing to the well-being of others; performing meaningful activities; preoccupation with the tasks being performed; achieving goals that bring a sense of satisfaction. 

After building the conceptual framework, scientists developed a multidimensional scale for quantifying a fulfilling life, which, in addition to being used in research, can be applied in practice, for example, by life and career coaches. 

It is emphasized that fulfillment, or assessment of fulfillment, is a new direction in positive psychology. 

As part of the study, experts have studied what exactly people mean by a fulfilling life. The new model includes both cognitive and affective aspects. 

At the same time, it is not egocentric and is based not on the feeling of happiness of one person, but on the feeling of his satisfaction with his life. 

The authors are confident that evaluating one’s life as full is one of the most important conditions for mental well-being and physical health. 

Numerous studies show that people who are satisfied with their lives tend to be more positive about aging and experience positive emotions at all stages of their lives.

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