Yes, you can control your happiness

Happiness, in most ways, is a subjective thing. It can look and feel different for everyone, and considering how different each of us is from one another, it makes sense that what makes us happy differs from one person to the next, too.

And, as it turns out, the subjectivity of happiness has been scientifically proven through means of control, says an article from The Good News Network.

“A new survey of 1,155 respondents found that 89% of people think that their happiness can be controlled—and these people are 32% happier than those who don’t think that happiness can be controlled.

“The average happiness rating given by participants who think happiness is controllable is 7.39. In contrast, the average happiness rating of people who think happiness is out of their control is 5.61,” the article explains.

As for how exactly the study was conducted?

“Respondents were asked, ‘Is happiness something that you can control?’ and
‘If you look back at the last year of your life, how would you rate your happiness on a scale from 1 to 10?’

“They were grouped into three categories based on how high they rated their happiness. People with low happiness ratings (6 or lower) are 5 times more likely to feel like happiness is out of their control compared to people with high (9 or 10) happiness ratings (20.33% versus 4.29%).

“Digging into the demographic questions, the study examined ranging from gender to employment status.

There was no difference between genders. Both male and female respondents showed the same results. 89% of people think that happiness is controllable,” explains the article.

The study’s findings also suggest that “Age seems to have a significant influence on the average respondent. The amount of control we have over our happiness decreases in our mid-life and increases as we grow older again,” which I found to be pretty interesting.

Do you agree with the study’s results?


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