Tuesday, April 28, 2020

What Determines Happiness?

Researcher David Lykken published a paper in 1996 that studied the role of genetics in determining our sense of satisfaction in life. He gathered information on 4,000 sets of twins; after comparing happiness data on identical versus fraternal twins, he concluded that 50% of happiness comes from our genetic makeup, 40% can be impacted by intentional activities such as meditation and cognitive therapy, and 10% is determined by life circumstances.

The essential key to happiness therefore lies in changing the 40% we can control, which is our daily intentional activities and how we think.

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