Flourishing means doing really well. The Flourishing Scale measures people’s success (self rated) in key areas of one’s life, such as relationships and having a sense of purpose.

Previously, the scale was referred to Psychological Well Being (PWB) and is referred to as such in the paper (Diener et al., 2009). According to the authors, "the name was changed to more accurately reflect the content because the scale includes content that goes beyond psychological well-being narrowly defined."

The Flourishing Scale is relatively short (only 8 items). The average score among 573 university students was 45.4 points (midpoint 32), as reported in Diener et al., 2009.

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The this scale has been translated in various languages. You can find the official translated version on the website of the authors of the scale.

According to the web page of the authors, "the scale is copyrighted but you are free to use it without permission or charge by all professionals (researchers and practitioners) as long as you give credit to the authors of the scale". The reference is at the bottom of this page.


This is a simple scale question.

The survey code for PsyToolkit

Copy and paste this code to your PsyToolkit account if you want to use the scale in your own online research project
scale: fs_agree
- {score=7} Strongly agree
- {score=6} Agree
- {score=5} Slightly agree
- {score=4} Neither agree nor disagree
- {score=3} Slightly disagree
- {score=2} Disagree
- {score=1} Strongly disagree

l: fs
o: width 40%
t: scale fs_agree
q: Below are 8 statements with which you may agree or disagree. Using scale below, indicate your agreement with each item by indicating that response for each statement.
- I lead a purposeful and meaningful life
- My social relationships are supportive and rewarding
- I am engaged and interested in my daily activities
- I actively contribute to the happiness and well-being of others
- I am competent and capable in the activities that are important to me
- I am a good person and live a good life
- I am optimistic about my future
- People respect me

l: fs_score
t: set
- sum $fs

l: feedback
t: info
q: Your score on the flourishing scale is {$fs_score}.<br><br>
The possible range of scores is from 8 (lowest possible) to 56
(highest possible). Midpoint is thus 32 points. A high score
represents a person with many self-perceived psychological resources
and strengths.


  • Diener, E., Wirtz, D., Tov, W., Kim-Prieto, C., Choi. D., Oishi, S., & Biswas-Diener, R. (2009). New measures of well-being: Flourishing and positive and negative feelings. Social Indicators Research, 39, 247-266. Online available here.