6 April 2011

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.


As Robin Williams said Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

Thank Gaia for April as I roast in an enclosed office and dream spring and summer dreams of love and dance and rolling in the grass, looking at the bright blue sky and falling in love with life again.

For tVC we have a mixed month of varied events and things to attend that I will outline to you here. Friday the 8th April sees Stuart’s Party; a regular occurrence on the calendar, indeed yearly, as it is his birthday and, like last year, Whitstable folk of all persuasions will be united by a love of Stuart and music and throw our best sardine shapes as we cram into a small house and party till dawn. I look forward to taking lots of pictures and writing a blog review on this the second it is over...

Friday the 8th April sees Jelly Botty Oochie Oochie himself in hospital for his tendon operation. Straight forward he says but he’s going to miss the party so good luck with that Louie and we all send our love look forward to seeing your bass fret finger back in action again real soon.

Saturday 9th April is tvcabbaged at The Smack in Whitstable with guest the very lovely Dan Dantix from Margate's Unite Posse spinning some deep and dark delights for the sploshers.

Saturday the 9th April is the lovely Becky Durham’s 40th Birthday celebs. This will involve all her friends and anyone who knows her or has ever met her – yes, that’s you - meeting at The Wall Tavern in Whitstable at 8pm and taking it from there. Warning; may involve the ingestion and imbibement of alcohol. Wear your willies.

Saturday 16th April is the historic opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate. Kick off is at 10am and the entrance is the magical word ‘free’. Be there to witness.

Sunday 24th April is the Kerfuffle All dayer at The Jamm in Brixton. Our favourite tiny dive sees the return of the now legendary yearly Kerfuffle all-dayer. From 3pm delight in the highlights; Magnus Asberg guests; Liz Edwards & Rochester are the Rezzies.

Friday 29th April, a free bank holiday for some reason, woohoo, sees, no not Olly Murs at The Winter gardens, but he is playing there, but Unite - The Art of Music at Margate Old Town. This is an outdoor all-dayer, phew, again? Always means you can get home early? Variour housey rumblings going on including tVC DJ’s freeloading away as usual and Ferdinand and Hank Banister and the rest of the Unite Crew.

2 April 2011

Oxford Happiness Questionnaire

The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire was developed by psychologists Michael Argyle and Peter Hills at Oxford University. Take a few moments to take the survey. This is a good way to get a snapshot of your current level of happiness. 

You can even use your score to compare to your happiness level at some point in the future by taking the survey again.


Below are a number of statements about happiness. Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with each by entering a number in the blank after each statement, according to the following scale:

1 = strongly disagree

2 = moderately disagree

3 = slightly disagree

4 = slightly agree

5 = moderately agree

6 = strongly agree

Please read the statements carefully, because some are phrased positively and others negatively. Don’t take too long over individual questions; there are no “right” or “wrong” answers (and no trick questions). The first answer that comes into your head is probably the right one for you. If you find some of the questions difficult, please give the answer that is true for you in general or for most of the time.

The Happiness Questionnaire

1. I don’t feel particularly pleased with the way I am. (R) _____

2. I am intensely interested in other people. _____

3. I feel that life is very rewarding. _____

4. I have very warm feelings towards almost everyone. _____

5. I rarely wake up feeling rested. (R) _____

6. I am not particularly optimistic about the future. (R) _____

7. I find most things amusing. _____

8. I am always committed and involved. _____

9. Life is good. _____

10. I do not think that the world is a good place. (R) _____

11. I laugh a lot. _____

12. I am well satisfied about everything in my life. _____

13. I don’t think I look attractive. (R) _____

14. There is a gap between what I would like to do and what I have done. (R) _____

15. I am very happy. _____

16. I find beauty in some things. _____

17. I always have a cheerful effect on others. _____

18. I can fit in (find time for) everything I want to. _____

19. I feel that I am not especially in control of my life. (R) _____

20. I feel able to take anything on. _____

21. I feel fully mentally alert. _____

22. I often experience joy and elation. _____

23. I don’t find it easy to make decisions. (R) _____

24. I don’t have a particular sense of meaning and purpose in my life. (R) _____

25. I feel I have a great deal of energy. _____

26. I usually have a good influence on events. _____

27. I don’t have fun with other people. (R) _____

28. I don’t feel particularly healthy. (R) _____

29. I don’t have particularly happy memories of the past. (R) _____

Calculate your score

Step 1. Items marked (R) should be scored in reverse:

If you gave yourself a “1,” cross it out and change it to a “6.”

Change “2″ to a “5″

Change “3″ to a “4″

Change “4″ to a “3″

Change “5″ to a “2″

Change “6″ to a “1″

Step 2. Add the numbers for all 29 questions. (Use the converted numbers for the 12 items that are reverse scored.)

Step 3. Divide by 29. So your happiness score = the total (from step 2) divided by 29.

I recommend you record your score and the date. Then you’ll have the option to compare your score now with your score at a later date. This can be especially helpful if you are trying some of the exercises, and actively working on increasing your happiness.

UPDATE: A lot of people have been asking for some kind of interpretation of the raw number “happiness score” you get in step 3 above. What follows is just off the top of my head, but it’s based in part on the fact that the average person gets a score of about 4.


I suggest you read all the entries below regardless of what score you got, because I think there’s valuable information here for everyone.

1-2 : Not happy. If you answered honestly and got a very low score, you’re probably seeing yourself and your situation as worse than it really is. I recommend taking the Depression Symptoms test (CES-D Questionnaire) at the University of Pennsylvania’s “Authentic Happiness” Testing Center. You’ll have to register, but this is beneficial because there are a lot of good tests there and you can re-take them later and compare your scores.

2-3 : Somewhat unhappy. Try some of the exercises on this site like the Gratitude Journal & Gratitude Lists, or the Gratitude Visit; or take a look at the “Authentic Happiness” site mentioned immediately above.

3-4 : Not particularly happy or unhappy. A score of 3.5 would be an exact numerical average of happy and unhappy responses. Some of the exercises mentioned just above have been tested in scientific studies and have been shown to make people lastingly happier.

4 : Somewhat happy or moderately happy. Satisfied. This is what the average person scores.

4-5 : Rather happy; pretty happy. Check other score ranges for some of my suggestions.

5-6 : Very happy. Being happy has more benefits than just feeling good. It’s correlated with benefits like health, better marriages, and attaining your goals. Check back – I’ll be writing a post about this topic soon.

6 : Too happy. Yes, you read that right. Recent research seems to show that there’s an optimal level of happiness for things like doing well at work or school, or for being healthy, and that being “too happy” may be associated with lower levels of such things.


Hills, P., & Argyle, M. (2002). The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire: a compact scale for the measurement of psychological well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 1073–1082.

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