Apr 8, 2022
In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky introduces the concept of the Happiness Pie. She explains that, while research suggests that 50% of our well-being is determined by our genetics, only 10% is determined by life circumstances. The remaining 40% can be determined by intentional activity—what we think and what we do.
Today, I talk about the power of this 40%. I point out that happiness is a choice, I speak about Viktor Frankl, and I talk about the contributions of positive psychology. I share Seligman’s PERMA acronym for what allows us to flourish: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. I share the history of the theory of positivity, I note the power of relaxation, and I emphasize that you cannot force happiness.
“We cannot force positivity. Yet, we can create conditions that facilitate positive emotions to happen.”
- Ana Melikian
This Week on The Mindset Zone:
Expand what's possible
Subscribe to the show and leave a review wherever you get your podcasts:
Be sure to share your favorite episodes on social media to help me reach more people like you, and don’t forget to connect with me: