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I bet you aren’t as happy as you think – Take this Quiz to find out!

Ten years ago in the middle of a huge fight with my boyfriend at the time, he told me I wasn’t a happy person and I was stunned (and pretty pissed off, how dare he say that!?) Sure, I didn’t love my job and was often irritable and picking fights.  And here we were again in a huge fight probably about how yet again I felt like he wasn’t putting in enough effort into the relationship to make me happy. But I was a happy person dammit!!

Wasn’t I? 

Much to my chagrin it turns out he was right. Though I was content day to day, I was far from being a truly happy person and was looking to everyone around me to make me happy. I realize it now as the very happy person I am today.  I am also very aware now that so many people around me aren’t really as happy as they think they are (or would like to be).

Looking back, I wasted years of my life being “barely happy”. I was living a life on auto-pilot, feeling kind of blah at my job, and just going through the motions with no real sense of purpose or excitement.  I partied with friends on the weekend and vacationed here and there enjoying fleeting moments of happiness but definitely was not living a deep down happy life.

My ex was right and fortunately within a year I was heading to volunteer abroad in Uganda with someone new,  then took a life coaching program, became an entrepreneur, and I have been living a happy life since (seriously!).  But wow do I wish someone had alerted me years ago when I was wasting all of that time so I could have done something about it back then. So I am alerting you now –


Because I care so much about this and don’t want anyone else wasting time, I created a Happiness Index quiz so you could check out how happy you really are! And then take any necessary action if you aren’t as happy as you want to be.

Why does this all this happiness really matter?  A few reasons in my opinion:

    1. People like to spend time with happy people.  Think about it, no one ever says “Yes, let’s invite Bob to the party, he’s so miserable and always complaining, and I would love to hang out with someone who sucks the life out of me!” We are all wired to belong and being a happy person makes it easier.
    2. Happy people live longer, are healthier, more creative, more giving, less stressed, and have more energy.  Who wouldn’t want all of these benefits?!?
    3. Unhappiness is the breeding ground for war, hatred and violence. As a global citizen, I definitely want people to be happier!
    4. Having a deep down sense of joy and happiness feels AMAZING!! I smile throughout my day and have a deep sense of peace and well-being and wish everyone felt like this.

I have done a ton of research on happiness and it turns out only 33% of Americans are happy (according to the 2017 Harris Poll Survey of American Happiness).  I find this fact to be quite sad and scary as happy people literally make the world a better place…and let’s be honest…who doesn’t want to happy?

So take our Happiness Index Quiz to see how how happy you really are! 


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Jill Valentine
Co-Founder & Impact Coach - UGO Impact and UGO Impactmakers

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Jill harnesses the innate power of travel and service to create, inspire and connect impactmakers around the globe. She's the creator of the ‘UGO Triple Change Effect’. An Educational and Emotional Framework that provides clarity, courage and community to individuals and organizations who want to create global impact. Jill connects people and resources from the power centers of the world to communities in need.

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