June 22, 2022 | Barb Carr

What Determines Happiness?

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I read a post on LinkedIn this morning that discussed how a lot of us haven’t felt true happiness in over two years and to reach consumers, we should find opportunities to deliver joy. That got me thinking about happiness, and how to find it in tough times. However, with a background in psychology, I know there are ways to increase the probability that you will experience it based on science.

I’m excited to be researching and preparing for my presentation for the 2023 Global TapRooT® Summit, “The Psychology of Happiness.” I hope you save the date, April 26-28, 2023, and join us at Margaritaville Lake Resort Lake Conroe – Houston, Texas. This will be an hour that I intend to challenge your current ideas and give you practical advice on how to add a little more enjoyment to your life with ease.

Where happiness begins.

For today, here is something to think about. To start with, there has been some research published about what determines it and they relate to our families and our personal choices.

So, how happy are your parents and siblings? One study indicated that 50% of your happiness is determined by your genes. This data may make you feel it begins at home, and if you have “unhappy” genes, it’s a losing battle. But it doesn’t end there!

The good news is happiness also is 10% determined by your life circumstances and 40% by your daily activities. We have some influence over circumstances and even more influence over our daily activities. If your family tends to be on the pessimistic side, don’t worry! You can still cultivate more happiness.

As I dig into the research, I’ll be sharing more information about the psychology of happiness on this blog. Meanwhile, SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 Global TapRooT® Summit, April 26-28, 2023, Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe – Houston, Texas.

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