Happiness 50-10-40% rule (study)

September 5th, 2020 Posted by Eesmärgid 0 thoughts on “Happiness 50-10-40% rule (study)”

Lyubomirsky, Sheldon et al. (2005) suggested that there is considerable potential for people to take action to influence their own happiness. If happiness is not fully determined by a person’s genetics and circumstances, then there must be something left over for intentional behavior. The Sustainable Happiness Model distinguished among 3 kinds of influences: inherent genetic predispositions, current life circumstances, and current intentional activities.

According to the study, 50% of our happiness is effected by genes and only about 10% by life circumstances (accidents, winning a lottery etc).  The rest 40% is effected by our actions, intentions and habits and unlike the other two parts, that part is under our control.

This more recent research affirms that people can affect their own happiness, via their deliberate efforts. However, these effects tend to be smaller than they initially believed.

Source: http://sonjalyubomirsky.com/files/2019/11/Sheldon-Lyubomirsky-2019.pdf

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