What is Happiness?
There's a difference between a happy feeling and happiness. You feel happy when you do something
nice such as eating an ice cream on a hot day. It's a short term feeling that can come and go easily.
Happiness is how you feel about your life. It's more like a long term mood of contentment. It's also called
Subjective wellbeing. Learn more about Happiness & Wellbeing
What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is about the whole person. This concept is based on the science. Research has found that
there's more to life than just money. Life is also about feeling connected, curiosity, being motivated,
experiencing awe and so much more.
All these different factors connect to every other factor in your life to produce a whole, single entity - your
Wellbeing factors are divided into 3 categories:
- Subjective wellbeing, which is also called Happiness. It's made up of how you feel about your life.
- Psychological wellbeing: It's defined as how you assess the meaning and purpose of your life.
- Objective wellbeing, which includes features such as: Material living conditions, like housing, jobs,
income; and Quality of life, like health, education, environment, governance, safety
Learn more about the different types of Wellbeing
Isn't happiness and wellbeing just some alternative lifestyle thing?
Over the past 20 years many fields of expertise have come to realise that happiness and wellbeing is real
and important for individuals and nations. These experts include economists, psychologists,
neuroscientists, doctors and more.
In fact it's now a rich field of interest and insight in its own right, with academic departments and
published journals. Private companies and governments all around the world are also investing time and
funds into measuring and understanding happiness and wellbeing.
Who's interested and investing in happiness and wellbeing?
Some leading contributors include:
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Better Life Index
- United Nations - Human Development Index
- World Health Organization (WHO) - Health and Development Programme
- Gallup-Healthways, USA - Global Well-Being Index
- UK Government - Office for National Statistics - National Well-Being
- USA - States of Maryland and Vermont - Genuine Progress Indicator
- Australian Bureau of Statistics - Measures of Australia's Progress - Society
- Bhutan - Gross National Happiness
- National Australia Bank (NAB) - Wellbeing Index
- London School of Economics, London, UK - Wellbeing Programme
- Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - Australian Unity Personal
- University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - Canadian Index of Wellbeing
How does happiness and wellbeing work?
Better wellbeing is not a cure-all. People who are happy do get sick and lose friends. Yet the science
clearly shows that - all other things being equal such as genetics - you improve the likelihood of a better
life when you have better wellbeing.
But at the same time, better wellbeing is not based on extreme bliss or feeling happy all the time. Instead,
an optimal degree of happiness tends to achieve better wellbeing. This means feeling mildly to
moderately positive most of the time, with occasional negative emotions in appropriate situations.
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How can I be happier?
Of course things like money are important for basics in life such as food, housing and health. But the
science shows the limits of having more money. Studies of nations show, for example, that on average
people have grown no happier in the last 50 years, even as their average income has more than doubled.
More happiness comes from all the factors in your life such as having better relationships, feeling more
connected with your community, work satisfaction, an understanding of what motivates you and so much
more - in other words, greater subjective wellbeing.
How can I have better wellbeing?
Improving one of the 3 categories of wellbeing can help you have better overall wellbeing. That's because
all the factors in the categories are interconnected and influence each other. Here are just a few of the
multitudes of examples:
- Vision and purpose in your life can make you more productive at work
- Better relationship with family can provide you with more support
- Happier individuals spend less, save more and take more time when making decisions
- Positive mood is associated with lower rates of viral infections, stroke and heart disease
What are the benefits of happiness and wellbeing?
The science is finding a wide range of benefits. Three key areas are: 1) health and longevity 2) for you
personally and socially and 3) in the workplace. Learn more about the Science
These benefits appear to be at least in association more happiness and better wellbeing. For example,
we know that people with high levels of 'life enjoyment' tend to live longer. This may be because they are
more likely to lead a healthy life such as doing exercise. But studies are finding direct benefits such as
happiness leading to changes to how the brain functions.
How does MAP work?
It's your GPS for happiness and wellbeing, with features including:
- 10-minute questionnaire: That's all it takes to get you started.
- Wellbeing Report, received when you finish the questionnaire. It helps you: understand where you're at with your current wellbeing, including your happiness; develop a clear vision of what more happiness and better wellbeing means for you; gives you directions on how to feel happier and better about your life
- Anywhere, anytime access to your dashboard online, including your Wellbeing Report. So you can
see how you're going and stay on track.
Learn How MAP Works.
How does MAP help?
MAP is happiness and wellbeing made simple and effective. It helps you feel happier and have better
- It understands that happiness and wellbeing are complex concepts involving many factors that
interconnect and influence each other, and simplifies them through its own unique understanding.
- It's easy for you to use online, when you want, wherever you are.
- It's driven by highly effective mechanisms, particularly: 1) Mindfulness, which makes you engaged in the
present; 2) Positive Goal Setting to focus your mind on what you want to happen and 3) Positive
Emotions, which lead to an upward spiral that broadens your thought, decision and action choices.
- It utilises an algorithmic analysis that takes into account the complexity and then makes happiness and
wellbeing easy for you to understand and put in practice.
Learn more about Happiness & Wellbeing.
What does ‘MAP’ stand for?
MAP is the acronym for Meta-Analysis Profile.
Meta = A level above and beyond
Analysis = Evaluation of individual factors and how they interconnect to make up a whole
Profile = Your happiness and wellbeing
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How much does MAP cost?
MAP is free for personal use and always will be.
This commitment to you is based on our belief at MAP that wellbeing should be accessible to everyone,
everywhere, for moral reasons. In addition, when people like you get involved and provide feedback, we
can make MAP better for everyone, once again helping with wellbeing.
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How private and confidential is MAP?
Your privacy and confidentiality is protected. Your and every other individual person's questions, answers
and feedback report is encrypted and aggregated by MAP and held securely.
Is MAP a psychological test, brain game or meditation?
These are, each in its own way, positive activities. For example, meditation can help with relaxation and
have health benefits. However MAP is much more. It is an approach that focuses on you as whole
person and all aspects of your life.
Learn more about How MAP Works
How can I learn more about the history and people behind MAP?
For more information about how MAP started, what it's currently doing now and people involved, read about MAP.