Studies have shown that part of one’s ability to be happy is inherited, just like your height, personality and eye color. Happiness is 50 percent genetic, 10 percent circumstances, and 40 percent effort. Everyone has a baseline of where their happiness falls. Think about the people in your life. Don’t some of them just seem happier than others, regardless of what they are experiencing? Their outlook on life seems more positive and they have “the glass is half-full attitude.” Now, think of the people in your life who don’t seem very happy, even when their life is going well. They always have the attitude that the “glass is half-empty.” The good news is that 40 percent of happiness is effort. By making the effort, you can be happier.
What Makes Someone Happy?
There isn’t one simple answer to this question, although there are some common themes. Most people agree that happiness is achieved through a combination of family, friends, values and having meaningful work. Happiness is also how you choose to perceive your life and whether you view the glass as half-full or half-empty. How you perceive the events in your life will have a strong impact on how happy you are. Happiness is not passive. You can’t sit back and wait for happiness to find you. You need to look at what you have control over and can change in your life to be happier.
Learning to Be Happy
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Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, paddle boarding, sailing, rock climbing and training for triathlons.