The book, The How of Happiness (http://www.amazon.com/The-How-Happiness-Approach-Getting/dp/0143114956), sites various studies on happiness. One such study determined the following:
- 50% of Happiness is Gene-Based
- 40% of Happiness is Activity-Based
- 10% of Happiness is Circumstance-Based
This means that 40% of our happiness is within our control. Happiness is event-driven. What makes one person happier than another person is the quantity of happiness events they experience in life. The frequency of happiness events you experience is really the surest way to realizing overall happiness. Starting tomorrow keep a log of all of the happiness events in your life. Family get togethers, dinners and parties with friends, achievements, successes, realizing goals, anything that goes right in your life is a happiness event. Write it down. Periodically review your list in the morning upon waking up and right before you go to bed. It shifts your thinking from negative to positive. Tomorrow’s the day. Start your Happiness Log and it will keep all of the negativity, doubts, fears and insecurities behind a closed door, where they belong. Make happiness a habit and drip happiness wherever you go.