Happiness is not a Destination

19 Sep

What makes us happy?

Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky conducted an experiment on “The How of Happiness” and the results are truly fascinating.

According to Lyubomirsky, 50% of our happiness comes from our genes.

Only 10% of our happiness is made up of – (get prepared to be blown away) – external factors, such as money, the weather, our job, the car we drive, the clothes we wear…

And the remaining 40% of our happiness is determined by…..our attitude and our behaviour in the face of each situation in our lives.

Isn’t t funny, how we all think that a job, a house, a car, a dress, or a party will change our lives from miserable to joyful? Isn’t it strange, how we believe that a salary, a title, a brand will transform our lives from Hell to Heaven?

The “things” we believe so important for our happiness actually only make up a very small percentage of it.

The rest comes from the inside – how we choose to feel, how we choose to react, how we choose to think.

We cannot always change the circumstances in our life, but what Lyubomirsky has proved is that it is enough to change our attitude to these circumstances in order to transform our lives for the better.

As Louise Hay says:

“When we cannot change a situation, we must begin to change the way we view it.”

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4 Responses to “Happiness is not a Destination”

  1. Angelia Sims 25/09/2012 at 06:22 #

    This is so true. Love the wall hanging.

  2. ladyfi 06/10/2012 at 06:15 #

    So true – it’s as much work to be unhappy as it is to be happy.

  3. Thomas 12/10/2012 at 22:00 #

    Exactly. It’s crazy how to people in very similar situations can be so different in terms of mindset – one may appreciate the bright side of things and how lucky he is, while the other might only see the negatives. It’s important to maintain a healthy, positive mind to culture productive and helpful thinking habits. (:

    • l0ve0utl0ud 14/10/2012 at 20:09 #

      You’re right – our perception of the world changes our world!

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