Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.
After exploring what accounts for ultimate happiness, Seligman says he was surprised. The pursuit of pleasure, research determined, has hardly any contribution to a lasting fulfillment. Instead, pleasure is “the whipped cream and the cherry” that adds a certain sweetness to satisfactory lives founded by the pursuit of meaning and engagement. Joyful people have certain tendencies that add to their pursuit of meaning and motivate them along the way.
- They surround themselves with other happy people
- They smile when they mean it
- They cultivate resilience
- They try to be happy
- They are mindful of the good
- They appreciate simple pleasures
- They devote some of their time to giving
- They let themselves lose track of time (sometimes they can’t help it)
- They nix the small talk for deeper conversation
- They spend money on other people
- They make a point to listen
- They uphold in-person connections
- They look on the Brightside
- They value a good mixtape
- They unplug
- They get spiritual
- They make exercise a priority
- They go outside
- They spend some time on the pillow
- They LOL
- They Walk the Walk
Read the following article on what more you can do to find happiness.