The Happiness Set Point

Several of the books I read on happiness while doing research for my book, Breaking The Spell, referred to something called “the happiness set point.”

Research indicates 50 percent of our happiness is genetic (or set); 40 percent is determined by our thoughts, feelings and actions; and only 10 percent is a result of our circumstances—things such as money, marital status, our job, and yes, even winning the lottery or being injured in an accident.

That means that while half of our potential for happiness is set, we can control the other half.  And, the majority of that second half, a full 40 percent, involves how we choose to think and feel about things, not the things themselves.

Imagine that, it’s not our circumstances but rather how we choose to view them that influences how happy we are. How would your level of happiness change if you embraced this?

 

About Debbie

Debbie is an author, blogger, online teacher, business owner, and mid-lifer. She's writes on a wide range of topics, from marketing, money and success, to finding meaning at midlife. If it's on her mind, you'll find her writing about it!

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