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.


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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