New Quiz: What Makes You Well Rounded?

Four abstract round images

What is well rounded about you?

Are you a well rounded person? I try to be, but it’s definitely a challenge. There isn’t enough time in the day for work, staying healthy, seeing friends, traveling, having hobbies, and bettering one’s self. Whew! Even just going through that list is exhausting ๐Ÿ™‚ As difficult as being well rounded is, it is definitely a goal of mine. I think that bringing more balance to my life would lead to less stress.

If you think about it, being in a rut is almost the opposite of being well-rounded. It’s getting too extreme and stuck in one place, and as a result, your life seems all about a few things. Realizing that connection made me see how living a well balanced life has a strong psychological component. There are reasons why some of us flourish. We draw strength from many sources, and we don’t leave all our eggs in one basket.

I spent some time today thinking about being well-rounded, and I decided that the most well rounded people I know have something that pushes them to maintain balance. For some people it’s introspection – realizing that something is a bit off in their lives and doing something about it. For others, it’s optimism – that feeling that things will work out, so why not go for something new?

Thinking about these topics lead me to write my latest quiz:ย What Makes You Well Rounded?ย Instead of measuring how well rounded you are, it celebrates what may already be making you well rounded. And if you don’t feel like a well rounded person lately, maybe it will show you how you can better achieve that ๐Ÿ™‚

Discussion topics (Comment below and let me know any or all of these):

  1. What do you get onย What Makes You Well Rounded?ย Is it true for you?
  2. Do you consider yourself a well rounded person? Why or why not?
  3. What’s one way that most people could be a little more well rounded?

What do you think?

8 thoughts on “New Quiz: What Makes You Well Rounded?

  1. moonstep1969

    Elevator quiz is a good idea, I must say. Except for restlessness while waiting (and entering) elevators, some people avoid them completely due to claustrophobia. And many people (at least here in Sweden) avoid looking at each other while going up/down and focus on the light switching on and off to the next floor… I gather you Americans are less reserved than us Swedes. My mother went to New York 4 years ago and loved that it was easier to make contact with people than here, at least on a superficial level.

    All in all,, an elevator quiz would be a new topic for Blogthings. Think about it!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. kari Post author

      Yes, I agree that Americans are at least superficially more friendly than Scandinavians, but Scandinavians seem to make those deeper connections that I envy ๐Ÿ™‚ It depends on the region of the country, but people usually smile and say hello in elevators in my neck of the woods.

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    1. kari Post author

      I think you can be calm and still have some anxieties. It’s pretty hard not to have worried in our modern world ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    1. I got “Your Optimism is Well Rounded”

    Well, quite a bit of that fits me–I do find that life surprises me, and I generally am more likely to feel that things will be okay in the end than not, so I guess I’d qualify as a mostly cheerful person! I’m not very good at relaxing and letting go, though, and I don’t think I’m very mellow–I guess if things are taking too long to get where I think they should go I want to get out and push!

    2. I think I’m fairly well-rounded in terms of interests–I like to learn about new things, anyway. I’m not sure if my life is well-balanced, however…hmmmm.

    3. I like to open up iTunes U now and then and pick a course on something I know absolutely nothing about–that’s a good way to keep your mind and interests well-rounded!

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    1. kari Post author

      I like your analysis here. You bring up an interesting point – being well-rounded in your interests doesn’t necessarily mean your life is balanced ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. moonstep1969

    1. I was torn between the Calmness and Wisdom images. Both results fit in many ways, but I can relate more to the latter one:

    Your Wisdom is Well Rounded

    You are a deep thinker, and you consider every issue carefully. You have the patience to think something through.
    You are the most introspective of all types. You have important insights and profound understanding.

    You are healthy and prosperous. You credit your ability to turn inward in helping you thrive.
    You are both oriented toward the future and the past. You think the future has a lot to offer but that you also can learn from history.

    You tend to be very good with money, even though you aren’t materialistic. You simply make smart choices.
    You rarely give into impulse or whim. If you seem to make a rash decision, it’s because you’ve secretly been thinking about it for a while.

    2. Comment: If I’ve understood it correctly, ‘well-rounded’ means that you
    – have a wide range of interests,
    – are knowledgeable and clever in many different ways,
    – maintain a balance between work and play, and
    – are solution-oriented.

    In that case, I’m very well-rounded. I actually developed more hobbies and interests than in my 20s – you learn what really matters with age, also learn to make priorities and pamper yourself more.

    3. People in general should both slow down more and focus on one thing at a time when being off duty.

    How to slow down: Stop running to catch a train when there’s another one coming within the next three minutes. Don’t think you MUST vacuum-clean tomorrow, instead of enjoying an hour out in the nature watching clouds go by instead. And for God’s sake, don’t press that button that makes the elevator doors close three seconds faster!! People are mad at times.

    On focusing: Don’t check your cellphone while seeing a friend – switch it off. Or don’t see the friend at all instead. And don’t walk around restlessly while waiting for the elevator… (Lots of elevator psychology here… perhaps something to write a quiz about in the future? :-))

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    1. kari Post author

      Hahaha! I love all your tips Monica, and I agree. People should slow down and focus on one thing. I love the idea of an elevator psychology test. I’ll have to mull that one over ๐Ÿ™‚

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