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    With the help of movements such as Positive Psychology, Happiness has become a focus of scientific research. Happiness, that elusive entity traditionally shrouded in poetry and myth of Tibetan monks and MRIs, is being systematically deconstructed.

    The Breakdown of Happiness: [1]

    • 50% of our Happiness can be attributed to our genes.
    • 10% of our Happiness can be attributed to circumstances – having food, shelter – the things necessary for survival.
    • Which leaves 40% of our happiness that is what we make of it.

     

    This site works to dissect that 40%, the part that we can control, and provide scientifically tested methods for improving happiness, no matter how happy you are already.

    Note that these are suggestions that may or may not work for everyone, and we encourage you to explore the different aspects to see what sits well with you.

    Why Happiness is Important

    It is not only important for us to be happy for our own reasons, but:  

    • One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
    • One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
    • Being happy empowers you to make a difference 

     

    [1] Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin Press.

     

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    Maia Mosse mmosse@stanford.edu

     

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