Research tells us that while about 50% of our happiness is genetically determined and 10% is tied to our circumstances, about 40% of our happiness is influenced by our thoughts, actions and behaviors. We talked about loving kindness practice being one way we can grow our happiness in the last post. but there are many other proven ways that we can engage in that grow our contentment and delight in life.
Happiness is something we all want, though when we think about what it is, it can be hard to define. Science is making inroads on defining and studying happiness and there's an intriguing and growing body of evidence to support our ability to contribute to our own happiness.
But first, we need to define it...
hap·pi·ness ˈhapēnəs/ noun: happiness; plural noun: happinesses the state of being happy.