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
If you would like to talk more about happiness or need assistance please call the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential assistance and speak to a counselor at 443-703-3041 or toll free at 800-492-1964 x3041