09 Jul Scientifically speaking, happiness isn’t just something that happens to you. It’s also something cultivated by you.
via Thrive Global by Danny Trifone
Imagine you had access to a genie. You get three wishes, right now; what would you wish for?
The popular answers are health, money, fame, success — maybe a date with your lifelong crush.
Another popular answer is happiness.
We tend to think of happiness as something that we’ll hopefully obtain someday.
The fact is that every single one of us has the capability to create our own happiness.
Is it harder for some people? Absolutely.
But every single person reading this can do a few small things every day that can have a massive impact on creating your own happiness.
Take the Wheel
Having someone tell you that you are in control of your own happiness doesn’t always feel good.
“You don’t know anything about my life, you have no idea what I’m going through.” This a completely legitimate and truthful response.
Scientifically speaking, happiness isn’t just something that happens to you. It’s also something cultivated by you.
“There’s a misconception that happiness is built-in and that we can’t change it,” says Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University.
“The science shows that our circumstances — how rich we are, what job we have, what material possessions we own — these things matter less for happiness than we think,” Santos says.
There is some disagreement in the scientific community about exactly how much control we have over happiness. Some say it’s around 40%, others insist it’s much higher.
One study on happiness suggests something quite fascinating: the most influential factor is that if you believe you can take certain actions to control your happiness, you will be happier.
With that in mind, here are 3 science-backed ways to be happier…
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