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Test Your Gratitude Level

Body+Soul, September 2008

What's your GQ (Gratitude Quotient)? Take the following quiz and find out. Just write down the number that corresponds with how much you agree with each statement. Then add them up and see what gratitude category you fall under.

1 = Strongly disagree
2 = Disagree
3 = Slightly disagree
4 = Neutral
5 = Slightly agree
6 = Agree
7 = Strongly agree

A. I have so much in life to be thankful for. __________

B. If I had to list everything that I felt grateful for, it would be a very long list. __________

C. When I look at the world, I see so many things that inspire gratitude. __________

D. I am grateful to a wide variety of people. __________

E. As I get older, I find myself more able to appreciate the people, events, and situations that have been part of my life history. __________

F. I feel grateful to something or someone several times a week, sometimes even a few times a day.

Your Score
6 to 18 Points
Although your life may not seem to be brimming over with blessings right now, your gratitude quotient -- and your sense of happiness and fulfillment -- can grow exponentially if you put your attention on those things that are working for you. Cultivate a practice over time, and you'll start to discover a gentle shift in perspective that can have a profound effect on your life.

19 to 31 Points
Although you feel grateful for the things that warrant it (a kind gesture, a generous offer), you tend to view gratitude as a back-end response, rather than as an initiative. See what happens when you practice being proactive about gratitude, receiving whatever comes your way with an open heart (as opposed to waiting for someone or something to earn it). This way you'll begin to experience the full power of gratitude at work.

32 to 42 Points
You're well aware of the power of gratitude and the role it plays in your relationships, your work, and your spiritual growth. And although you may have become very good at receiving and cultivating it, the greatest challenge is to feel it even in the face of disappointment and pain. Make it a personal goal to hone your skill so that you can tap into it even during more trying times.

This quiz was adapted from the "Journal of Personality and Social Psychology" (2002) published by the American Psychological Association.

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