Find a piece of paper and a writing utensil and write down your answers for each of the following categories. Choose a number (1-10) that accurately reflects how CONTENT you feel about the category in question (1 = Not Content, 10 = Very Content). Feel free to use decimal points (Example: 7.5). Be as specific as possible. TRUST YOUR "GUT" INSTINCT!
Include and take the average number of your dwelling place, the (city) block that you live on, your neighborhood, your city (village / township, etc.), your county / parish, your state / commonwealth, your country, your continent, and even the hemisphere that you live in.
Include ONLY blood relatives, legally adopted children, and your husband or wife.
Include work and play (as long as it is structured). For example, if you work every weekday for the local sanitation department, how CONTENTED are you with that situation? If you live in a retirement home and play BINGO at the same time everyday, how CONTENTED are you with that activity being a part of your life?
DO NOT include friends who are legal family members.
Give an answer that reflects not only how CONTENTED you are with what you eat, but how CONTENTED you are with how healthy you believe it is for you to eat what you've eaten. For example, if you enjoy eating a large pepperoni pizza everyday (and you determine that your number is 9). On the other hand, you also realize that that it isn't a very healthy thing to do (say that you determine your number is 3). Make sure you take the average number (9+3=12. 12/2=6). Your number would be 6.
Think about if you snore and / or wake up multiple times during the night. Take 1 or 2 points off this number if you do either of them. For example, if you feel you would give this category a number 8 because you feel you sleep pretty well, but are aware that you snore then give this category a number 7.
If you don't have 3-6 months of living expenses, take off 2 points from your CONTENTMENT number. For example if you determine that your number for this category is a 10 because you feel great about your finances and you realize that you don't have 3-6 months of living expenses, think again! Your new number will be 8. DON'T CHEAT!
Add your numbers together.
For example: If your TOTAL number is 440 then...
Your "Contentment Number" is 62% (always round DOWN!)
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