If you were asked...are you happy? How would you respond? Yes...sometimes....I don't know...
Why is it that some people can answer yes quickly and know they ARE happy, while others might just shrug their shoulders..no, not really they would answer. A lot of people fall somewhere in between.
I guess some people know how to enjoy their life no matter what happens. No matter what speed bumps of life they incur. Others, let what happens to them affect them on a different level and feel they can't be happy no matter how hard they try.
Researchers have explained that no matter what happens to us in life, we tend to return to a fixed rate of happiness usually within a year. Using a weight scale as an example...your weight number probably hovers around a certain number. The same is true for your happiness point. This happiness point won't change unless you change it.
Research shows that whatever experience: positive or negative, people return to their set point. BUT, there are three exceptions: losing a spouse, chronic unemployment and extreme poverty. These three take more time to recover, so returning to your happiness point takes much longer.
It is said that 50 percent of our happiness set point is genetic and the other 50 percent is learned...your thoughts, feelings and beliefs about your life experiences.
How Can You Change Your Happiness Set Point?
You have to raise above your set point by changing your thoughts, beliefs and feelings about certain areas in your life. Are there certain areas in your life that you are not happy about? Money, employment, friends, health, spirituality, sense of fulfillment or meaning in your life...
Bringing happiness into your life can include being more positive, change,acceptance, being optimistic. Feeling that you are the master of your fate, not a victim of circumstances.
Set goals for all areas of your life and find a way to balance all that is important to you.
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