Dispositional Positive Emotion Scale (DPES)


From Stellaretal (Emotion, 2012) :

The Dispositional Positive Emo- tion Scale (DPES) is a well-validated self-report measure of the trait-like tendency to feel several distinct positive emotions includ- ing joy, contentment, pride, love, compassion, amusement, and awe on an enduring, trait-level basis (Shiota, Keltner & John, 2006).

From the appendix at Shiota, Keltner & John (2006, The Journal of Positive Psychology) :


  • I often feel bursts of joy.
  • I am an intensely cheerful person.
  • I am often completely overjoyed when something
  • good happens.
  • On a typical day, many events make me happy.
  • Good things happen to me all the time.
  • My life is always improving.


  • I am generally a contented person.
  • I am at peace with my life.
  • When I think about my life I experience a deep feeling of contentment.
  • I feel satisfied more often than most people.
  • My life is very fulfilling.


  • I feel good about myself.
  • I am proud of myself and my accomplishments.
  • Many people respect me.
  • I always stand up for what I believe.
  • People usually recognize my authority.


  • Other people are generally trustworthy.
  • I develop strong feelings of closeness to people easily.
  • I find it easy to trust others.
  • I can depend on people when I need help.
  • People are usually considerate of my needs and feelings.
  • I love many people.


  • It’s important to take care of people who are vulnerable.
  • When I see someone hurt or in need, I feel a powerful urge to take care of them.
  • Taking care of others gives me a warm feeling inside.
  • I often notice people who need help.
  • I am a very compassionate person.


  • I find humor in almost everything.
  • I really enjoy teasing people I care about.
  • I am very easily amused.
  • The people around me make a lot of jokes.
  • I make jokes about everything.


  • I often feel awe.
  • I see beauty all around me.
  • I feel wonder almost every day.
  • I often look for patterns in the objects around me.
  • I have many opportunities to see the beauty of nature.
  • I seek out experiences that challenge my understanding of the world.

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