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Research shows that only 10% of a person’s happiness comes from external factors, like money and possessions. Some of the findings may surprise you...

Get Happy“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps Lincoln was on to something. In fact, research shows that only 10% of a person’s happiness comes from external factors, like money and possessions. Psychologists have conducted extensive research over the past several decades seeking to find the basis of happiness. Some of the findings may surprise you:

  • Only 50% of happiness comes from genes and family upbringing.
  • 40% of happiness comes from your outlook on life—including what you choose to do in life.
  • Older people are happier than younger people. Individuals aged 20–24 are sad an average of 3.4 days per month, while those age 65–74 average 2.3 days of sadness per month.
  • Twenty minutes of exercise three days per week can increase happiness levels by 10–20%.
  • Women are unhappiest at age 37; men at age 42.
  • Money does not equate happiness. In fact, the peak happiness was found in individuals making $70,000 per year. Earnings above that did not increase happiness.
  • Happier people have up to 50% more antibodies than unhappy people.
  • Children who are hugged often become happier adults.

Want to increase your own happiness levels? The number one way to do so is to recognize your strengths, talents, and life’s purpose and focus on sharing those parts of yourself with others. In the words of the Dalai Lama XIV, “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”

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  • Jen Leeman

    I LOVE this post! I do a weekly exercise where I write down 10 things I’m thankful for. Since I started this, I’ve been happier overall and my health and well being has actually improved. I agree with everything you say here.

  • I love this article! I’ve always been happy and don’t ever see that changing for me. I always felt blessed because of my happiness.

  • Tatanisha Worthey

    This makes me think of the Happy Song, which gets played in our almost daily. And yes- I choose to be happy. Why settle for always being an angry person!

  • Alea Milham

    This information was fascinating. I am a pretty happy person. I had a rough childhood, but I remember when I turned 18 thinking, “Now I am responsible for my own happiness and I choose to be happy”. That was 30 years ago and choosing happiness has led to a very happy life. 🙂

  • Katie Hale

    For me happiness is all about choices. I choose to see the bright side. There is no reason to dwell on the bad things 🙂

  • Nichole

    I was happy as a child but depression runs in the family and has found me now that as I have gotten older. Great read

  • notageek4u

    I’m a big contender in believing that we create our own happiness with our own choices in life. You don’t need a lot of money or materialistic things to be happy!

  • Sadie

    You get what you give! I love this.

  • Taylor Speikers

    Wow, the thing about the antibodies is very intriguing! Thanks for sharing,

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