You need a way to measure both concrete and intangible concepts and ideas. Until you can map your progress you have no clue if you are on the right path or moving forward toward your goal. The PHQ measures your level of happiness.
People talk about being happy and living in happiness. But rarely do they define what happiness means to them. I wonder, if you do not know what happiness means for you then how can you possibly know when you arrive, when you live in happiness? I know, you are asking, "Ali, how can you define an intangible concept like happiness?"
Actually, you can define intangibles as easily as you do concrete items. When you stop to think about concrete items vs. intangible concepts you realize that you do not measure any thing but rather you measure the value that thing brings into your life.
What do I mean? You don't want a particular car. You want the way you feel when you sit in that car, when you drive it when you park it in your driveway. You want the essence of the car.
Same thing with happiness. You want to feel the way you feel when you live in happiness. You want that physical, emotional and spiritual sensation that happens when you feel happy.
When I work with people on a 1:1 basis I start them out looking at their values and priorities. Next step is formulating goals and affirmations that work (as opposed to how most gurus teach them) using the Personal Meaning Quotient (PMQ).
Next we then need a way to measure their happiness level so they can tell when they feel better and their life works more easily. To accomplish that end I developed the Personal Happiness Quotient (PHQ) which, basically, is a way to measure one's level of happiness across their life.
Sometimes you fail to see your forward progress because it happens incrementally day-by-day. People who only see you occasionally notice the difference. When you can see that difference yourself, without outside input, then you create automatic motivation to propel you through each day.
The ability to measure how far along you are on your path toward achieving any goad offers its own brand of motivation to keep moving forward, an essential ingredient when obstacles clutter the path.
Ali Bierman is the number one Happiness Expert on Exzinearticles.com where she is a Diamond expert with over 1,000 articles. Coming back from two Traumatic Brain injuries that altered her body dramatically, Ali found True Happiness while lying in bed unable to walk, talk, or swallow. As a wife of 32 years, mother, psychotherapist, specialized kinesiologist, ordained metaphysical minister, author, teacher, family member and friend, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Change happens instantly in Ali's world. What takes a long time, and maybe never happens for some people, is getting ready to change.
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