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Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. explains in her model of happiness that "studies show that 50% of individual differences in happiness are determined by genes, 10% by life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities."
This is groundbreaking work to think about. Only 10% of happiness is decided by life circumstances. That means whether you're wealthy or poor, fat or skinny, pretty or ugly, you have a college degree or you never graduated high school...those circumstances only affect your happiness by 10%! 40% is affected by our intentional activities. That to me screams that we are in control of how happy we feel. We don't need all these self help books and exercise programs to make us happy, we just need to train our minds a little bit.
I hope this affects you as much as it does for me, have a great weekend everyone!