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That story in your head...

That story in your head is where it all begins:

  • What do you believe about yourself?
  • Is it serving to steer you toward the life you want?
  • Or driving you to endless spinning in place?

Embark on a journey of reflection, learning, and planning your best life with the 360 Living guide:

  1. Key, actionable research findings
  2. Personal assessment tools
  3. Proven strategies to chart your journey from that story in your head to reality.

Looking to improve your well-being? Start on a solid foundation...

When it comes to building a balanced, authentically happy life, a solid foundation can be our best friend. Sure, we can go about randomly implementing tips and strategies that we hear about online, from friends, etc. But is this approach really efficient?

We think you know the answer.

Trying to build happiness without a solid foundation is like trying to put together a puzzle with all the pieces upside down.
Sure, you could put it together if you spent enough time. Who are we to judge -- maybe you just like a challenge? Like...a nearly impossible challenge.
But if you're actually interested in making progress, why not just flip the pieces over first? You know, get a better picture of how they fit together.
Likewise, when your approach to happiness is based on random tidbits thrown at us in daily life, you might make a few centimeters of progress, but it's unlikely to lead to significant change. Especially when we're so bombarded with messages from every direction. It's difficult to know who to trust, and even once we have figured out who to trust, it can be difficult to actually find the time and motivation to put the pieces into place
What will help you make significant progress, though, is to take the time to understand all the particularities of your own life, and how they contribute to your happiness. By assessing our happiness in various areas of life, we get a clear picture of what needs to change. Even if you don't know how to change those things, that first step of evaluation is an incredibly valuable launchpad for remarkable change.
That's why we created a tool for assessment with the Authentic Happiness Survey, and it's also why we expanded that free survey and guidance even further in 360 Living. These two tools give people questions to start that important process of self-reflection. From there, you'll receive guidance to start improving the areas of life which most need it.
It's like knocking over that first little domino in a long line. Each little step you take gives you a bit of momentum to keep tackling more and more positive change in your life.

If you'd started in the middle, with a big domino, you might find it difficult or impossible to actually knock the first one over.

So when it comes to finding authentic happiness, the small and simple step of evaluation is so powerful: it creates a sense of accomplishment from very early on. By the time you've take the survey, you know already that you're doing something good for yourself (and for others around you, because we each touch many other lives just by taking care of our own happiness). That feeling of accomplishment and momentum helps to drive you toward more and more progress.
So we hope you'll go ahead and take those early steps. If you're short on time, take 10 minutes (20, if you're really thorough) to fill out the Authentic Happiness Survey, and afterward you'll receive customized email reports to help you start taking action for happier, healthier living. If you want to dive deeper into that process of evaluation and strategy-building, we invite you to check out 360 Living. This full-length book will prompt you to think critically about every area of your life, and start exploring why and how to improve each of them.

At the end of the day, your happiness is in your own hands.

The structure is all here to start building something great, today. Go put it to use and seize the day!


The Story of The Authentic Happiness Project

The story starts in 2013 with a question from Clara N.: where can I find one source of evidence-based research and simple, ads-free guidance to lead a better life?


The Authentic Happiness Project was first published as a global platform dedicated to collecting evidence-based research, providing quality educational content and analyzing new survey data in and around the subject of personal well-being.

  • All resources are free, no string attached, no registration required.
  • It includes a questionnaire to self-evaluate your well-being score, with instant feedback and other statistical reports to benchmark your response against 10,000+ other respondents globally.
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In 2018, The Authentic Happiness project team partnered with to publish some of its finding in a guide titled "360 Living"

360 Living embarks you on a journey of reflection, learning, and planning your best life:

"I've just finished reading 360 Living and although I'm not usually a reader of so called self help books, this practical and insightful book is hopefully destined to be a great hit with many people because it’s really fantastic." Mike Cahn

"Fantastic!! This book has changed my outlook completely. Through it I realized that work was exhausting all of my energy because I wasn't doing anything that I enjoyed anymore."

"I absolutely loved this book. I rarely pick up books like this but it came recommended through a friend and I found it to be an addictive and satisfying read."L. D. Smith

360 Living guide


That's it! More to come...


How physically active are you?

From over 10,000 world-wide respondents to the Happiness Score, the majority reported that they walk more than 5,000 steps every day. This is good.

Conversely, 18% of men and 20% of women reported walking less than 2,000 daily steps.

The amount of daily steps is a way to express a person's daily physical activity as a number, and is closely linked to a person's total energy expenditure. As such, it has a strong impact our weights or Body Mass Index as well as our ability to fall asleep.

Respondents with high levels of physical activity also reported 7% lower stress levels and 16% lower likelihood of being overweight: check for additional studies.


Bottom-line: it is all about balancing our lives. And many studies have demonstrated that regular exercise is associated with improved mental well-being and a lower incidence of depression.
Take a moment and define that source of inspiration and energy for your own journey of better living. Go to under toolkit for a free assessment. 
The next step is in your hands.

What is your why, your inspiration and motivation? Not sure? Read further...

Sinek’s speech in his book “Start with Why" describes how understanding our “Why” creates more effective motivation and commitment. Our deeper motivations (our why) are a fountain of inspiration and energy, much more powerful than our daily actions (our what) or our intentional efforts (our how).

Take a moment and define that source of inspiration and energy for your own journey of better living. Go to under toolkit for a free assessment.

The next step is in your hands.


New data from 360 Living reveal how much we miss out on our real lives. And what we should do instead.

One day, we realize that we missed out the real things in our life.

We miss out on critical time with loved ones that can never be replaced. We lose time for our hobbies.
We get so caught up in work that even off the clock, we find it hard to “switch off.” 
All this adds up to a major drain on our overall well-being:
  • British medical journal The Lancet published that working more than 55 hours puts a person at a higher risk of stroke, depression, and anxiety.
    (McGregor, J. Working more than 55 hours a week is bad for you–in many ways. The Washington Post, Aug. 2015)
  • 76% of workers feel tired many days of the week, and 15% of them even fall asleep during the day at least once per week
    (Chan, A. Most Workers Feel Tired At Work, Survey Shows. Huffington Post, April 2014)
  • Sleep deprivation (even a 1.7 hour gap) causes the U.S. economy to lose an estimated $63 billion in productivity every year
    (Dusik, 2011)
  • Nearly a quarter of respondents reported leaving seven or more vacation days unused (, 2017).

So, what should we do about this?

The dimensions of our lives are connected to each other.
Understanding and working with these connections is critical to create a solid and lasting foundation for living a good life.
Life is all about balance, and it’s only by taking a wide-angle approach that we can achieve that balance.

In the following are six concrete starting points to re-balance your life and optimize your work:

  1. Hone your skills and reach your greatest personal potential while maintaining a good life-work balance
  2. Discover what you love, develop your skills, tie them to your professional activities, and consider the many possibilities for achievement
  3. Use your skills and passions to create something of value and to make positive change
  4. Complete your Milestone Map to set smart goals for new personal achievements and build habits to accomplish them
  5. Track your time and activities in the Weekly Navigator: identify your main distractors and dedicate time to the things that matter
  6. Continue optimizing your activities and schedule; regularly assess your time and progress and reorganize elements that don’t work for you

The graphs, facts and recommendations in this article are extracted from 360Living, practical guidance for a balanced life.

If you like to get additional insights, free templates and tools to help you defined your structured approach to a balanced life, check the 360 Living Guide.

The next step is in your hands.


Are you "flowing" through the day?

How well you concentrate on your work or your studies, is a strong predictor of success.

A 2015 survey from found that 50.2% of respondents have difficulty concentrating on their tasks: too many distractions, a disturbing environment, it interrupts "flow".

But what is actually "flow"?
Check the studies from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: He revealed in his book that people find genuine satisfaction during a state of consciousness called Flow.

Now look at the graph below. Those of us that report experiencing "flow" on a regular basis also report higher score in:
  • Optimizing their productivity
  • Enjoying their passions
  • Helping other people
 It does not necessarily mean that flow will directly result in all of this. But rather, it shows all some of us are able to structure their weekly calendar and environment to become more productive.

What about you?
 How busy are your workdays ? Did you identify your stressors and distractions that break your own 'flow'? How would you reshape your weekly agenda to re-balance your life.

If you like to get additional insights, free templates and tools to help you defined your structured approach to a balanced life, check the 360 Living Guide. The next step is in your hands.

Where do we start making change? One week at a time.

A few years back, my co-founder and I started noticing  lots of people feeling unsatisfied. The problem: we don't know where to start making change.

We realized he could help solve this problem with data. To get people started on the right track, all it would take is a simple tool for assessment and action.
And so the Authentic Happiness Survey was born. The survey recommends a custom set of resources based on each participant's answers -- books, online assessments, and more.

Determined to inspire and empower even more people, in 2017 it was time to level up: sharing the findings as a full-length guide.

Years later, thousands of people had taken the survey and many had shared stories of how it helped them changed their lives. It was time to share the groundbreaking findings and recommend even more valuable resources.
That's when we partnered with Jacquelyn.

Jacquelyn was on her own journey of finding true happiness at the time, and this book was a way to put that experience to use and help others and to be part of something meaningful.

Jacquelyn travelling in Switzerland
Co-founding and co-writing 360 Living was more than "work." 360 Living is a project of passion for better living, and more importantly, it's something that we believe can truly make a positive impact for individuals like you, and for the world.

That's why we keep showing up in your inbox. We want you to TAKE THIS LITTLE LEAP TODAY for the better, because little leaps can make enormous impact.

Here's the thing..
We can only provide the tools. YOU are the carpenter of your own life. We hope you'll pick up those tools and put them to use, because you are capable of creating wonderful things with them.
Once again, here's the link to the sneak peek so you can do just that.
P.S. ready to take the leap toward better living right now? Get the full guide here!

Tired, feeling trapped, missing a sense of meaning vacation. So what?

Are you feeling trapped in a "rat race"? Chronically stressed? Physically run-down? Missing a sense of meaning? YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE!!!

The 360 Living guide just released new data from the survey

The media and politicians do not talk much about it, but the overall picture of our society is quite disconcerting for the majority of us:
  • Our stress levels peak between ages 21 and 50, reaching an average of XX during the best years of our lives. Exactly during the critical time of our lives when we should spend more time with our children.
  • The amount of unused vacation continues to raise, 77% of all Americans recognized that they do not take all their paid vacation days (CNN Money May 2017).
  • Outside of work, real social interactions plummet down after we leave school or college.

This is the bad news. The good news is that we hold the keys to change our personal stories.

Yes, it will always be tougher for somebody who is a single parent responsible for three children and with a low income. No doubt about this. Still, there are questions we all should ask ourselves. And addressing them will pave our own way to a better, balanced life:
  • What are our barrier to a good life?
  •  What is the most logical, systemic approach to evaluating our current life?
  • How can we rate the various areas of our life? (like an aerial life assessment)?
  • As we start to nail down the specific areas that push our life out of balance, how do we find the real root-causes? What are the most common patterns?
  • How do we kick off a new momentum and maintain with new weekly habits?
If you can get all that done, that’s it, you will have defined your personal roadmap to a better life. You will have created your own “weekly navigator” to guide you, one week at a time, towards a good life.

If you like to get additional insights, free templates and tools to help you defined your structured approach to a good life, check the 360 Living Guide on Amazon. The next step is in your hands.

In this your life? Will you settle for just "getting by", or are you ready to enjoy a good life? The next step is in your hands.

 Take action now.


360 Living on Amazon:After years of offering the free Authentic Happiness survey, we've taken it to another level to help people re-balance their lives: 200+ pages of key insights, personal assessments, & proven strategies & tools:
     Get your copy of 360 Living         
Readers are now discovering the path to true balance -- you can start doing the same. Today.
For the price of a few cups of coffee.
Just a few of the awesome 360 Living reviews:

Happiness fact 62: dopamine, the chemistry of happiness

The prefrontal cortex is awash in many neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin, glutamate, GABA and more. Davidson believes dopamine may be especially important. Animal studies have shown that dopamine mediates the transfer of signals associated with positive emotions between the left prefrontal area and the emotional centers in the limbic area of the brain, such as the nucleus accumbens, situated within the ventral striatum. In humans, people with a sensitive version of the receptor that accepts dopamine tend to have better moods, and researchers are actively studying the relationship of dopamine levels to feelings of euphoria and depression.

Source: Health: The Biology of Joy. Scientists know plenty about depression. Now they are starting to understand the roots of positive emotion by Michael D. Lemonick Sunday, Jan. 09, 2005 The Time

Re-balance your life today.  Get your copy of 360 Living

Check your Happiness Score, get your Life Satisfaction report: free, no registration, instant feedback.

How to re-balance our lives? One step at a time.

360 Living on Amazon:
After years of offering the free Authentic Happiness survey, we've taken it to another level to help people re-balance their lives: 200+ pages of key insights, personal assessments, & proven strategies & tools:
        Get your copy of 360 Living       
Readers are now discovering the path to true balance -- you can start doing the same. Today.
For the price of a few cups of coffee.
Just a few of the awesome 360 Living reviews:
It's up to you. Will you settle for just "getting by", or are you ready to thrive?
The next step is in your hands. Take action now. Get your copy of 360 Living today.