A Scientist’s Take on Happiness [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are happy people healthier? More satisfied with their lives? Richer? Do they have more friends? Get the facts and figures.

Dec 17, 2014
The science of happiness

The science of happiness (Minerva Studio / Shutterstock.com)

According to scientists, happiness is a combination of how satisfied you are with your life overall, and how good you feel on a day-to-day basis. While of course the breakdown varies person to person, only 10% of your happiness is determined by your life circumstance - because you can get used to almost anything over time. Rather, 40% of your happiness is controlled by your thoughts, actions and behaviors, and a whopping 50% is determined by your genes.
So, which of these areas can you utilize to optimize your happiness? Read on.


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