I have a question.

When you think about happiness and life satisfaction, what would you love to know more about and what do you want to be able to do?

My research into happiness so far has led me to uncover some interesting information.

  1. 40% of our happiness is determined by our actions
  2. 10% of our happiness is determined by our circumstances
  3. 50% of our happiness is determined by our genes

Source: The Greater Good Science Centre at the UC, Berkley and Sonia Lyunbomirsky, “The How of Happiness”.

Until recently, I assumed that if a particular physical or mental health condition was prominent in a family’s history, that person would be predisposed to get it too. I have learned this is not the case.

In Dr Daniel Amen’s book, “Change your Brain, Change your Life” he says, “your genes are the loaded gun. Your environment and your actions pull the trigger.”

That puts quite a lot of the power in our own hands. I know it’s not always possible to beat our genes but as someone prone to depression, whose family history contains a relatively high level of anxiety and depression, it’s important to make as much use of my 40% contribution as I can.

I spend much of my time learning about the habits and practices of happiness – mindset, brain functioning, finding meaning and purpose, nutrition, all kinds of different things.

What I’m wondering is whether or not this information is useful to others. For example, do you know the habits most associated with happiness/ contentment?

Are you familiar with the brain chemicals involved in feelings of happiness and how to balance them more effectively through lifestyle choices?

So that question again:

When you think about happiness and life satisfaction, what would you love to know more about and what do you want to be able to do?

 

 

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