How to use a Life Wheel to be Happier

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As the days grow shorter and we feel more tired, it can be easy to feel less motivated than in the warmer months. Waking up in the dark and shivering as you dash to your car, the bed seems so inviting and the outside world…much less so.

When the excitement of summer starts to be a memory, it’s a perfect time to reassess what’s going on in life. Having a clear picture of where we are and where we want to be is the key to getting out of the warm duvet when the floor is cold and the shower takes AGES to warm up. 

I’ve used life wheels both with myself and also with my mentee. The premise is very simple – each category in the wheel you give a rate from 1 to 10 based on how satisfied you feel in that area of your life.

happiness wheel

Here are the areas to rate:


Do you see your family as much as you’d like? Do you get on? Are there relationships that could need a bit of TLC? Or perhaps you need to let go of someone to have better mental



This isn’t just about money and status – doing something that you love and feel passionate about can mean more than the numbers coming into your account each month. Again, as with family, perhaps there are relationships at work that need some work/need you to step back from.


Perhaps you’ve been putting your 5 a day low on your priority list, or have a niggling health issue that you have been meaning to see a doctor about. Don’t forget mental health as well – just as important as physical health.

Personal growth

If you don’t have the opportunity to grow at work, there are lots of ways for you to find opportunities in your spare time. I’ve written before about free and cheap courses online, but perhaps getting a mentor might be the key to your growth.


Lonlieness is a massive issue in modern times – and it’s possible to feel this even when you have people around you. Perhaps you need to grow, mend or limit friendships you have with those around you.


It may be that you need to monitor your spending to assess how well you’re doing in this area. You know I’m a huge fan of promoting better financial awareness!


Doing things in your spare time is hugely important but often overlooked. If your life is all work and no play, it may be time to rethink how you spend your time. Hobbies don’t have to be huge skill-heavy projects, they can be as simple as picking up one of those books you’ve had on the shelf for 6 months!


Whether you houseshare or have your own gorgeous home, keeping your living space clear and positive can help you be at your best. It’s not a requirement to have Pinterest-worthy decor, but being able to find things, and your space being bright and homely can have a positive impact on your day.

One you’ve scored each area, have a look at how your life is balanced out. You don’t need to score 10 in every single section, but there may be a trend; for example, your finance, home and career being low scores. If this is the case, perhaps getting some organisational tools might help make you feel happier and lead you to success. If you’re struggling with relationships in your family, at work and with friends, maybe having a sit down and a frank discussion might be the key.

Have a go today, and please let me know in the comments how you find it!


  1. This is a doable task! I am pleased that the parts are not too simplistic/overwhelming. As for me? Time to call my parents 🙂

  2. I love this idea!! Another wonderful thing to add to my self-care list.
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  3. Trying to quantify this stuff in my own life hits me right in my massively underachieving heart.
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    • Don’t make it overwhelming if it’s too much – take one section at a time to look over. Also, these aren’t achievements. We can try all we want but happiness isn’t a thing that comes with effort it’s a thing that comes with peace.

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