For most people, life satisfaction level depends on doing well in major areas of life, such as relationships, health, work, income, spirituality, and leisure. When a person is doing poorly in one of these areas, it can impact his or her overall life satisfaction level. People who score high on life satisfaction usually report having rewarding work or retirement activities, enjoy their leisure time, have good health, are invested in friendships and meaningful relationships and often have a close romantic partner (although this is not absolutely necessary). They feel that life is meaningful, and have aligned their goals to their values. People who score high in life satisfaction tend to report aiming at maintaining work/life balance and are usually feeling in control of their life. In my experience, the clients I coach increase their life satisfaction level as they find strategies to successfully pursue their vision of a good life.
The Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) is a short survey designed to measure one’s life satisfaction. Developed by Ed Diener, Robert A. Emmons, Randy J. Larsen and Sharon Griffin as noted in the 1985 article in the Journal of Personality Assessment, the SWLS takes only about a minute to complete and can reveal a person’s satisfaction with their life.