Anonymous Reader Happiness Survey
Thanks for checking out this anonymous survey. I hope to use it for two things:

First, I'd like to ask you some anonymous questions about "happiness." That's been our theme lately, and I hope to report back to you in the aggregate how people in this community live, and how happy we all report being—maybe broken down by age, or profession, or marital status, etc.

Second, I'd like to get some more feedback about the newsletter, along with demographic information that potential advertisers and partners keep asking me about—and also so I can mention some of it in a book proposal I'm working on. (We did this part a year ago, but our subscriber base is significantly bigger now.)

There is a message box at the end if you have anonymous suggestions or comments. Please keep in mind that since it's anonymous, I can't reply directly to whatever you write. Of course, you can also always reach me directly at Thanks!


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OK, the big "happiness question." On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you? (1 = not happy; 10 = very, very happy).
I know "happiness' could mean a lot of things, but I really just want to ask it open-ended like this.
not happy
very, very happy
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How old are you?
Where do you live?
City, state, country? Or you can just tell me the state, or even just the country.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you like where you live?
Don't like it much
Absolutely love it
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What’s your annual income in USD? (Remember, it’s anonymous.)
I know this is a personal question, and I hate to ask. But again, it's anonymous.
What do you do for a living?  (150 max characters)
Tell me whatever details you'd like in 150 max characters: job title, industry, etc. Maybe "Pediatric nurse in a hospital," or "CEO of an electric car manufacturer based in Texas."
On a scale of 1 to 10, how fulfilled or happy does your work make you feel? (1 = not at all; 10 = very fulfilled)
not at all
very fulfilled and happy
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If you would like to give some brief context to your answer about work, I'd love to hear it. (250 characters max)
I wrote recently about the Harvard Grant Study, which concludes there is a connection between friend relationships and happiness. With that in mind, can I ask how many good friends you'd say that you have?
If you think about your best friend, where did you meet him or her? Just a few quick words would be best: "In college," or "at work" or "when we were kids," etc. (200 characters max)
Marital status?
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If you would like to give context to your answer above, how long have you been single, married, widowed, or divorced? Or any other brief details you'd like to share. (250 characters max)
Do you have kids? (Also, a reminder: Please remember to hit "submit" at the bottom, or else I won't get any of your answers!)
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If you would like to give context to your answer above, how many kids? How old? Or if you said "no kids," is that by choice or just how life worked out? (200 max characters)
I'm curious: How many? Do they live at home? Are they grown and flown? Do you have grandkids? Short answer would be appreciated!
How important is religion to you?
Not at all important
Very, very important
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If you would like to add context to your answer to the religion question, I would be happy to hear it. (250 characters max)
Just a quick out-of-the-blue reminder to press "SUBMIT" at the bottom. Otherwise, I won't see any of what you've written!
Are you a paid or free subscriber to Understandably?
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How often do you read understandably?
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Talking about Understandably again, which sections in the newsletter do you read or look forward to?
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A lot of people have offered me a lot of advice about "the business of Understandably." It's a labor of love, but it's still a lot of work. One thing that keeps coming up is the idea of putting some newsletter content behind a paywall. If we did that, how do you think would you react?
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Do you have comments to add about happiness, or the newsletter, or anything else for that matter?
Is there a big happiness factor in your life I forgot to ask about? Do you have suggestions for the newsletter? Do you just want to say something nice and anonymous about Understandably? (Please remember that since this is anonymousI can't reply; I won't know who it's from!)
One last time... please remember to press "SUBMIT" at the bottom, or else I won't see any of what you've written!
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