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Just a Little Bit Happier: The Journey Begins

April 10, 2023, BY

The Happiness Trinity: Genetics, Environment, and Personal Choices

Now that we’ve introduced the three main factors that contribute to happiness, let’s dive deeper into each one and uncover how they shape our well-being.


Researchers believe that approximately 50% of our happiness is determined by our genetic makeup. This means that we’re born with a certain “happiness set-point” that influences our emotional state throughout our lives. Some people naturally have a higher happiness baseline, while others might need to work a bit harder to achieve the same level of contentment. However, this doesn’t mean we’re stuck with our genetic predisposition. We can still take action to improve our happiness, even if our genes aren’t necessarily in our favor.


Our environment accounts for about 10% of our happiness. This includes factors such as our upbringing, education, relationships, and the society and culture we live in. A supportive, nurturing environment can help foster happiness, while a toxic or negative environment can dampen our joy. Fortunately, we have some control over our surroundings and can make changes that positively impact our happiness levels. This might involve seeking out positive relationships, engaging in uplifting activities, or finding ways to build a supportive community.

Personal Choices:

The remaining 40% of our happiness comes down to our personal choices and actions. These choices include our habits, mindset, and how we approach life’s challenges. The great news is that we have full control over these factors. By cultivating positive habits and thought patterns, setting meaningful goals, and taking care of our physical and mental health, we can make significant strides in improving our happiness.

As we delve deeper into the world of happiness, it’s important to remember that each person’s journey is unique. Your happiness recipe may differ from someone else’s, but understanding how these three factors – genetics, environment, and personal choices – play a role in your well-being can help you create a personalized approach to living a more joyful life.

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