MAP is a compass for happiness. It points to improved health, productivity, performance, and loyalty.

Lots of programs are available to help improve happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.

MAP is different because it uses a scientifically validated wellbeing survey and assessment technology delivered in real-time that:

  • Measure your team’s current happiness and psychological wellbeing, using a scientifically validated questionnaire and algorithmic analysis.
  • Delivers tailored insights to help you and your team access personal and workplace wellbeing. It helps your team:
    • Assess how happy they are and their current state of well-being
    • Improve mental health and discover what more happiness and better wellbeing means to them
    • Tracks progress online, in real-time, so each member can measure happiness with tools and analysis to stay positive and resilient
  • Helps the team feel happier and positive because MAP uses a scientifically validated wellbeing analysis and assessment that makes the survey-experience insightful, accurate, and quick.
    • Personal Wellbeing Report to improve mental and social well-being
    • Insights and Tips to improve well-being, tailored to each teammate.
    • Deep research-based mental health analysis and insights that drive MAP’s science and technology
    • Happiness tools to improve mental health and increase personal wellbeing, with step-by-step road-maps that can help you improve coping skills, be happier, and become more enthusiastic, confident, active, elevated and positive about the future.
    • Insightful Algorithmic measurement and assessment of psychological wellbeing
  • Anywhere, anytime secure access to the dashboard online, including the Wellbeing Report. So your team can see how their progressing and stay on track.
  • Easy to set up and simple to use, including a scientifically validated wellbeing questionnaire, secure online dashboard and real-time results.

Did you know that your wellbeing at home and at work influence each other in a two-way flow?

What’s the Approach?

Every member of a team, organization, or company experiences both:

  1. Personal wellbeing and
  2. Workplace wellbeing

However, both types of wellbeing are not isolated from each other.

Personal and workplace wellbeing influence each other in a two-way flow.

The main type of wellbeing in this two-way flow is personal wellbeing.

Think of personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing as a building. Personal wellbeing is the foundation.

Workplace wellbeing is built on top of this foundation.

A solid foundation of personal wellbeing helps to ensure that workplace wellbeing is stable.

This isn't just a matter of factors like work-life balance (as important as this is) - it's more fundamental.

crane next to a building

For example:

  • When we have higher levels of personal wellbeing, we're better able to interact with people at work in positive ways.
  • When we have a vision and goals in our life that is congruent with the vision and goals of our workplace, we experience more happiness and better wellbeing.
  • When we are generous and supportive in both our personal and work life, our interactions contribute to higher wellbeing levels.

Find out more about Happiness and Wellbeing and the benefits in Business and Science

How does MAP help?

MAP is based on the following insight:

How you think about yourself and the world around you influences the decisions you make and actions you take.

This cognitive process applies to much of life, including feeling happier and having better wellbeing.

What makes MAP unique is its:

  • Scientifically validated model of happiness and wellbeing, which helps you to find more balance and life satisfaction and to feel positive, satisfied, and resilient
  • Deep Mechanisms that drive happiness
  • Algorithmic analysis of your answers to the MAP happiness questionnaire, which produces your customized Wellbeing Report
When you have a strong and meaningful vision, you feel happier, and better about your life.

What is MAP’s Scientifically Validated Approach to Better Wellbeing ?


Your Wellbeing - which includes your Happiness - is made up of many individual domains in your life.

MAP divides these domains into key areas called "spheres".

Each of us has 5 main spheres: relationship, family, self, work, community.

MAP Mandala showing five spheres

Balanced and Centered

MAP represents the 5 spheres as overlapping like this:

  • Each sphere has its own state of wellbeing. Many factors contribute to an individual sphere. Each factor may have a different amount of importance that MAP takes into account.
  • Better wellbeing in an individual sphere, makes that sphere more centered and aligned to your ideal, perfect state.
  • Each sphere is also connected to and influences every other sphere. Better wellbeing in an individual sphere, makes wellbeing better in all the other spheres.
  • The balance between all the 5 spheres shows how centered your total wellbeing is.

When you take MAP you’ll see a brief animation to understand this visually.

Importance of being centered Centered wellbeing may be thought of like your body temperature.

Factors - such as blood flow to your skin and cells that produce body heat - connect together to maintain your temperature at around 37° C / 98.6° F.

So when it’s cold outside your body, for example, your skin will adapt by receiving less blood flow, which makes your body heat less able to escape. This action shifts the balance to keep heat inside your body and maintain your temperature.

Zoomed in Mandala showing the Self Sphere

It’s the same with happiness and wellbeing. So when you have a strong and meaningful vision for your life, for example, your self sphere is helping you to be centered and feel happier and better about your life.

More about Happiness and Wellbeing

When you answer MAP's questions, there's an immediate and profound impact


Feeling happier about your life and better wellbeing begins with the 1st question that MAP asks you:

1. Do you feel satisfied with who you are?
- Always - Mostly - Regularly - Occasionally - Rarely - Never

Sure, this can seem like any old survey question. But dig deeper, something more fundamental is at work. The scientific research has identified 3 key mechanisms that drive MAP:

1) Mindfulness

This is a state of mind where you notice and discover new things. It makes you feel involved and engaged in your life. And rather than focusing on the past or future, you feel more aware of the present.

2) Positive Goals

MAP helps you to choose and set positive goals - not someone else’s goals, but goals that you deeply care about, they’re consistent with your personal values and authentically yours.

When you have positive goals, you focus your mind on expectations of what you want to happen, not what you're avoiding. This makes you feel empowered and have more control over your life.

3) Positive Emotions

Positive emotions - like gratitude, compassion, pride, joy, satisfaction, enthusiasm, vision, meaning and purpose – expand our life experience and lead to an upward spiral that broadens your thought, decision and action choices.

Negative emotions narrow your life experience to coping with immediate threats or problems. Positive emotions, in contrast, are usually not critical to your safety or survival.

But as they build up, they become more important in your life. For example, idle curiosity can become expert knowledge. Shared amusement with another person can become a lifelong supportive relationship.

So when you answer MAP questions, there’s an immediate and profound impact because:

  • You are guided to think about happiness factors in relation to yourself and your world
  • These thoughts trigger positive emotions about your wellbeing
  • These positive emotions lead to positive decisions and actions related to your happiness and wellbeing

4) Contagion effect

Put simply, this means that what each individual does about happiness and wellbeing in a workplace, influences others.

For instance, studies show that a supervisor's mood over a long period of time influences the team members - not just their mood, but also other outcomes like absenteeism and performance.

But the effect goes much further. For example, when one employee observes a colleague expressing gratitude to another employee, research shows that the observing employee is more likely to express gratitude to others in the workplace at a later time.

So when you and your team answer MAP’s questions, there’s an immediate and profound impact because:

  • You are guided to think about happiness factors in relation to yourself and your world
  • These thoughts trigger positive emotions about your wellbeing
  • These positive emotions lead to positive decisions and actions related to your happiness and the wellbeing of your workplace

MAP takes into account that happiness and wellbeing are complex - but then makes feeling happier and better wellbeing simple and easy to understand.

MAP takes into account that happiness and wellbeing are complex - but then makes feeling happier and better wellbeing simple and easy to understand

Insightful Algorithmic Analysis

MAP is smart and operates through sophisticated layers of analysis. It takes into account that happiness and wellbeing are complex - but then makes feeling happier and better wellbeing simple and easy to understand and put in practice. It does the heavy lifting and breaks down your commitments and relationships in a way that can help you to implement actionable improvements. It’s like having a wise confidant in your pocket.

Under the hood of MAP is a scientifically validated algorithmic analysis that produces a Wellbeing Report, which includes:

  • Your current wellbeing - which includes your happiness -

    • 5 Scores of how centered each Sphere is for you (0 - 100 %)
    • A Total Score of how centered you are for all 5 Spheres (0 - 100 %)
    • Personal happiness Insights, and a wellbeing analysis in words
  • Your destination
    Based on your Score, you receive:

    • Personal tips - that stimulate and provide thoughts, decisions and actions on what feeling happier and having better wellbeing looks like for you
    • Exercises - that are helpful, practical strategies on how to find your way to more happiness and better wellbeing, and find deeper performance, purpose and meaning.
  • Stay on track
    Access your personal dashboard anytime, anywhere to:

    • Assess your current happiness to produce a new Wellbeing Report.
    • Refresh your thoughts and actions by reading your insights and practical advice.

The scientifically validated MAP algorithmic analysis understands the complexity of happiness and wellbeing, where different factors, like emotions, thoughts, and feelings have impact. MAP’s algorithm works on the sphere level, and the sub-sphere level.

MAP models a human life as an open system comprised of interconnected domains, each of which must be balanced within the individual domain itself and between the other domains of:

  • Self
  • Relationship
  • Family
  • Community
  • Work

Each domain has four sub-domains, making a total of twenty sub-domains. States of well-being cross-feed within and between the entire 5 domains, and 20 sub-domains. Your wellbeing is a rich system incandescent with a dynamic interplay of experiences, emotions, and states of wellbeing. For example, what you feel and experience in the classroom affects how you interact with your family, and vice versa.

Zoomed in Mandala showing the Self Sphere

Figure 2: A schematic of Centeredness Theory's Self domain

The Self is at the centre of our wellbeing because it is from the Self that we have a sense of identity and the aspiration to achieve meaningful goals.

The sub-domains for Self are:

  • Inspiration
  • Contentment
  • Adaptability
  • Awareness

These sub-domains define the way our Self expresses our personal individuality in the world through our life’s purpose and meaning.

The four domains that orbit Self also feed into the Self and vice versa in a two way reciprocal flow. For example, the sub-domain awareness in the Self domain, feeds into understanding in the Self domain and vice verse.

To be centred, balance is required between the five domains, and that balance must exist within our domains on the sub-domain level, and between our domains. To achieve balance meaningful goals must exist inside each domain followed by a meaningful advancement towards those goals.

What is a Goal?

Higher wellbeing is achieved when we have meaningful goals in all five domains and when balance is achieved within and between our five domains through thought and behaviour that is congruent.

Why Goals?

The science of how to create a quality goal is extensive and instructional:

  1. A goal is intrinsic and self-generated when the aspiration is to satisfy a basic psychological need and independent of the reaction of others for example, self-acceptance, growth and autonomy. In contrast, extrinsic goals, associated with reduced wellbeing, are a means to an end, dependent on others, and include pursuits like social recognition and looking attractive. Intrinsic goals apply to all people, regardless of cultural differences.
  2. Higher wellbeing is associated with approach goals. An approach goal targets a positive outcome for example to be open and cheerful when meeting new people, to exercise regularly for improved fitness. On the other hand avoidance goals target moving away from a negative outcome (eg to stop being a bore at parties, or to stop eating fast food.) Plus, an approach goal is more likely to be achieved than an avoidance goal.
  3. Goals are also more likely to be achieved if they are congruent with your personal values namely one has strong social and self-regulatory skills, a strong positive belief in the goal, and the goal is aligned with inherent psychological needs. These psychological needs depend on one’s self-concept and self-related wishes, as well as the demands in the environment. Therefore, if a person’s motives are oriented toward the achievement of independence, self-assertion, and mastery, then goals that are aligned to this will create higher wellbeing, and lower well-being if misaligned.

So every goal that we set in each of our five domains must be intrinsic and self-generated, approach oriented, and congruent with our personal values.

Pivotal to crafting a meaningful goal is the role of our imagination because it is the source of our ideas, inspirations, aspirations.

Well-being and Imagination

In the last eight years, insight into meaningful goals has burgeoned thanks to neuroscience and the discovery of the Default Mode Network, and the discovery that the future plays a pivotal role in our wellbeing.

MRI showing brain activity
John Graner, Neuroimaging Department, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA. - link

The Default Mode Network spans areas in your brain that are more active during times of rest compared to times of cognitive activity. It is a dynamic and rich neural network that spans deep, wide and long neural real estate and is activated when you recall a memory or envision a future event. Time, from the perspective of the Default Mode Network, is not linear and because of its discovery the field of psychology is undergoing a second revolution called Prospection or Future-Mindedness.

Default Mode Network Connectivity
Default mode network connectivity. This image shows main regions of the default mode network (yellow) and connectivity between the regions. REF: The structural–functional connectome and the default mode network of the human brain - Andreashorn [CC BY-SA (]

Until recently, psychology posited that only the past and the present were relevant to mental-health, but with this new understanding of the brain and the hitherto unknown role of the future on mental-health, we may have a skeleton key to access deep insight into clinical work like depression and a vastly better understanding of how to flourish.

Future-Mindedness also helps to explain aspects of Centeredness Theory, because in CT each life domain is pinioned to our identity and aspirations for the future and informed by rich emotions that buttress wellbeing. Together, meaningful goals can help us to shape our local community and the type of world we’d like to be a part of. When Mahatma Gandhi advised to be the change that we want to see in the world it was a concise and elegant reflection of System’s Theory, Future-Mindedness, and Centeredness Theory in action.

Your Wellbeing is an Ecosystem

If you visualise the CT mandala-like diagram above, and visualize you and your colleague’s mandala interlocking with yours through the work domain, you can see that we are all interconnected and enabled by the connections that we share with others.

Scatter chart showing connections between individual points

Wellbeing and happiness are contagious across three degrees of separation. Your wellbeing and happiness not only affect those around you at work but even your colleague’s husband and his immediate social network. Gandhi was more right than we could have ever predicted.

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Easy Set Up and Use

MAP Workplace has a quick and easy out-of-the-box set up - and provides instant, real-time results.

After a five minute out-of-the-box setup, operation is intuitive and easy.


Happiness and Wellbeing

1) Invite teammates

Each teammate receives two questionnaires, one each for;

  • Personal wellbeing
  • Workplace wellbeing (this wellbeing survey is optional and selected when the Team’s account is setup, it can be re-added anytime)


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2) Each questionnaire takes 5 minutes to complete.

The answers provided, are only available to that participant for both privacy and to ensure that the answers are candid.

To further ensure privacy and confidentiality, the answers are encrypted, aggregated and kept privately in secure cloud storage.


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3) Scientifically validated algorithmic wellbeing analysis and assessment

After answering the questionnaires, each teammate is introduced to their own private dashboard to receive their personal wellbeing measurement, analysis, and assessment, and get wellbeing insights, customized activities to improve happiness, and unique tips tailored to the individual.

Both wellbeing analysis and assessments include:

  • Personal current wellbeing measurement - which includes happiness
    • 5 Scores of how centered each Sphere is (0 - 100 %)
    • A Total Centeredness Score for all 5 Spheres (0 - 100 %)
    • Personal wellbeing Insights, and a research-based analysis in words
  • Focus Based on the above Scores, the participant receives:
    • Personal tips - that stimulate and provide thoughts, decisions and actions on what feeling happier and having better wellbeing looks like for them
    • Exercises - that are helpful, practical strategies on how create better wellbeing, and find deeper performance, purpose and meaning.

4) Anytime, anywhere Access

Each teammate’s personal login and online dashboard helps every participant stay on track and

  • Reassess current wellbeing to make a new scientifically validated happiness and wellbeing measurement.
  • Refresh thoughts and actions with tailored measurements, insights, and practical advice.


For the Team Leader (to enable better wellbeing strategy and leadership)

Wellbeing Measurement and Analysis

MAP is a compass that can help leaders understand the terrain of wellbeing, and navigate it successfully.

When the wellbeing questionnaires are completed and teammates receive their results in real-time, the leader also receives two de-identified and aggregated Wellbeing Reports made up of measurements, analyses, and assessments that provide a topographic perspective of the team, organization or company, as a whole entity. These scientifically validated wellbeing assessments, analyses, and reports are also updated in real-time.

Each set of wellbeing measurements, analyses, and assessments is made up of the sum total of all the people who participate.

One report is for personal wellbeing and the second report for workplace wellbeing.

The reports provide an aggregated and anonymous view of team and workplace wellbeing that can help the team leader to:

  • Measure the current state of happiness and wellbeing of the team as whole entity.
  • Better understand what improved wellbeing would mean for the team, organisation or company
  • Develop a clear understanding of what improved wellbeing would look like for the team, organisation or company
  • Create a strategy
  • Design goals
  • Instigate support initiatives to improve workplace happiness and wellbeing. The reports are accessible online and provided on a private dashboard online.

With anytime, anywhere access, MAP helps team leaders keep track of the progress of their workplace and ensure people are happy and on course with their wellbeing.

Beyond MAP’s scientifically validated wellbeing questionnaire and assessment, MAP offers two unique features to help leaders measure and assess wellbeing of a workplace at the systems level and at scale, called Quadrants and Connector.


Workplaces are hierarchical. How a member of your team, for example, sees the team and feels inside it will depend on where they fit in the hierarchy. Plus, how empowered a member of your team feels can be influenced by their role and responsibilities they have.

The effect of hierarchy on wellbeing can be hugely significant. The Whitehall Study, which has investigated over 10,000 UK civil servants aged 35 to 55 years since 1985, revealed that social status is a major cause of ill-health such as heart disease.

However, the cause was not one of income or lifestyle, but the psychological experience of inequality - how much control your team has and the opportunities for social participation - that profoundly affects health. The discoveries revealed that workers have an intrinsic need for autonomy and social engagement. Read more about the study in Business and Science.

MAP uses Quadrants to identify and highlight hierarchy of your team or organization, without compromising the individual's privacy or the accuracy of the data.

MAP pre-sets 4 quadrants: sales, middle management, upper management and stakeholder. You can change these names at any time.

Connector - Connect Accounts You can connect separate MAP Workplace accounts in your workplace to help it get a broader view and deeper insight into its wellbeing and the progress of wellbeing initiatives, restructures, and unexpected events like an epidemic.

Connected Accounts provide the functionality that can expand and deploy MAP across the entire workplace, takes two minutes to setup, and makes the connection effortless with a seamless out-of-the-box experience for teammates and leaders. The accounts stay aggregated no matter how broad the view becomes.

It means that your team, organization or company can deploy MAP at its own pace, rather than from the outset, which allows for meaningful organic uptake.

MAP uses unique scientifically validated mathematical equations to measure balance, centeredness, and wellbeing in each sphere, the whole person, and entire workplace.

Algorithmic Analysis at Scale

MAP’s algorithms are sophisticated.

A key driver of MAP Workplace is the scientifically validated algorithmic wellbeing analysis of the two questionnaires: one each for personal wellbeing and workplace wellbeing. The algorithm works at scale applied horizontally to each individual, and also vertically across a population irrespective of size.

It makes calculations based on different happiness and wellbeing factors for an individual. Read about the calculations in the peer reviewed findings.

MAP applies the unique mathematical equations to measure how much balance, centeredness, and wellbeing there is for each sphere and the whole person or, team, and entity.

When the calculations are completed, the algorithmic analysis produces Wellbeing Reports - one report for personal wellbeing and a second report for workplace wellbeing - for:

1) Each person; as an individual

2) The workplace; as a whole entity (accessible to managers and team leaders only)

The Personal and Workplace Wellbeing Assessments and Insights include:

  • Current wellbeing; measured and shown as;
    • Score of how centered each Sphere is (0 - 100 %)
    • Score of how centered this person is for all 5 Spheres (0 - 100 %)
    • Insights, providing a description of workplace happiness and wellbeing in words
  • Focus; Based on the above Scores, the wellbeing assessment provides:
    • Personal Tips - that stimulate and provide thoughts, decisions and actions on what improved happiness and wellbeing looks like.
    • Activities - that are helpful, practical exercises on how to improve happiness and wellbeing.

The algorithmic wellbeing analysis keeps working to help the individual and workplace, as an entity, to stay on track.

On the dashboard - anytime, anywhere - each person can:

  • Assess current wellbeing and produce a new Wellbeing Report.
  • Refresh thoughts and actions by reading the insights and activities.

To ensure privacy and confidentiality, all information - answers, responses and calculations - is encrypted, aggregated and kept in cloud storage.