Mental Health Continuum Short Form

The MHC-SF is a 14 item scale measuring emotional well-being. It covers 3 dimensions of well-being: emotional, social and psychological.


Although copyrighted, the MHC-SF may be used as long as proper credit is given. Permission is not needed to use the measure.


Keyes, Corey L. M. 2002. "The Mental Health Continuum: From Languishing to Flourishing in Life." Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 43: 207-222.


Import this questionnaire into your chosen impact tool:


During the PAST MONTH, how often did you feel...

NeverOnce or TwiceAbout once a weekAbout 2 or 3 times a weekAlmost every dayEvery day


1. happy

2. interested in life

3. satisfied with life

4. that you had something important to contribute to society

5. that you belonged to a community (like a social group, or your neighborhood)

6. that our society is a good place, or is becoming a better place, for all people

7. that people are basically good

8. that the way our society works makes sense to you

9. that you liked most parts of your personality

10. good at managing the responsibilities of your daily life

11. that you had warm and trusting relationships with others

12. that you had experiences that challenged you to grow and become a better person

13. confident to think or express your own ideas and opinions

14. that your life has a sense of direction or meaning to it


Emotional well-being

Social well-being

Psychological well-being