Factors of Happiness
What makes us happy? Well that’s a simple question, isn’t it? There’s a simple answer for it, and since we’re all the same, the answer works for all of us. Here it is…
If only it were that simple. Happiness has been debated by scores of philosophers and psychologists for millennia, and by people far as long as we’ve been around. The truth is that it’s a complicated subject, everyone differs to some extent and there’s no magic solution for happiness. In fact, our happiness baselines change over time, what makes us happy changes over time and generally speaking our baselines are better than neutral.
One thing the research has shown us though is that the amount which we can control our happiness might be less than we thought. In fact, in her book, The How of Happiness, researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky says that 50% of our happiness is genetic, 10% is due to external factors and 40% is the result of our attitudes, thoughts and actions.
Though 60% of our happiness is outside of our control, a whole 40% is within our control, and that’s quite a big number really. So what can we do with that 40% to actually increase our happiness?