A Summary of Happiness Research

A Summary of Happiness Research

Do you want to become happier? Let’s start with some background. Happiness researchers typically define happiness as a combination of three things: (1) life satisfaction, (2) the frequency and degree of positive emotion, (3) and the relative absence of negative emotion. Researchers have found that we have essentially no control over roughly 50% of our happiness levels. 10% of happiness is determined by life circumstances (money, marriage, etc.) while 40% is determined by daily activities (how you think and what you do) (Lyubomirsky & Sheldon 2005).


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