My Review of GrowHQ, A Beautiful Tool for Tracking Personal Wellbeing
As you may know, I have been searching for a short yet reliable metric to track my happiness levels. In the past three months, I have tested three different methods, and the most recent tool, a short version of Ryff’s subjective well-being scales looks very promising. Hopefully, I will start using these questions to track happiness on a daily and/or weekly basis, and will be sharing with you soon some insights based on that data. In this post, however, I would like to review another great tool that enables you not only track happiness and life satisfaction at more granular levels and on a long-term basis, but also provides a diagnostic feedback on how you could improve your well being.
The GrowHQ is a beautiful web app for assessing your wellbeing. Their services are absolutely free (they make money on corporate users), and are based on scientifically validated methods and extensive research of well-being. The assessment consists of answering 135 questions that cover different aspects of well-being and related areas of life: life satisfaction, happiness, flourishing, stress, meaning in life, connectedness, depression, life domains (values), temporal satisfaction, anxiety, emotions balance, life position, and curiosity. It takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out the questionnaire; your responses are then analyzed and summarized in a report, broken down into sections by above mentioned dimensions. Each section provides a detailed description of the dimension, how you scored on that dimension and what does it mean for you and your well-being, how you compare to the general population, and practical recommendations on how you can improve your score. You can download sample reports here. Image on the right: seven dimensions of wellbeing (click on image to enlarge).
While some of the dimensions included in the report were, in my opinion, irrelevant to well-being (e.g., curiosity or anxiety), overall, I found the assessment to be very accurate and informative. I particularly liked the life domains quadrant: you are asked to rate the importance of several life areas (e.g., work, community life, friends & social) and then satisfaction with your current situation in these areas. The responses are then arranged in a quadrant (click on the image on the left to enlarge), showing you which areas of your life require attention (I have conducted similar research on myself in October, trying to gauge the relative importance of different life priorities).
The GrowHQ suggests repeating assessment every month, so you can track your progress over time. Your personal reports are stored online, and can be downloaded (in PDF format) and even shared with others (via e-mail). My next assessment is scheduled for the end of November, and I hope to see some positive changes in my report.
Even if you are not interested in tracking your wellbeing and life satisfaction on a regular basis, I still recommend you to try GrowHQ at least once. You may learn something new and interesting about yourself.