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Just a Little Bit Happier: The Journey Begins

April 10, 2023, BY

Discovering Your Inner Joy: Understanding Your Happiness Set-Point

Now, we’re going to uncover the mysteries of your inner joy! You’ve probably heard people say, “Happiness comes from within,” but what does that really mean? In this chapter, we’ll explore the concept of the happiness set-point, a fascinating idea that can help you better understand your own happiness and its impact on your overall well-being.

Just imagine you’re about to embark on a thrilling treasure hunt, with the treasure being your own personal happiness. Together, well

journey into the depths of your inner world, discovering valuable insights and uncovering the secrets of your happiness set-point. So, buckle up, my friend, and get ready for an exciting adventure as we dive into the wonders of your inner joy!

The concept of the happiness set-point

The concept of the happiness set-point was first introduced by psychologists David Lykken and Auke Tellegen in their 1996 paper, “Happiness is a stochastic phenomenon.” The happiness set-point can be thought of as your natural level of happiness, which, like a thermostat, tends to stay relatively stable over time, despite life’s ups and downs.

Imagine your happiness is like a bouncy ball. You might throw it high into the air during moments of great joy, and it might fall to the ground in times of sadness. However, eventually, the ball comes to rest at a certain point, and that point is your happiness set-point. This is where you feel most comfortable and “at home” in terms of your overall well-being.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s happiness set-point is unique, just like fingerprints or snowflakes. Some people might naturally have a higher set-point, while others might have a lower one. The beauty of understanding your happiness set-point is that it helps you recognize that it’s not the fleeting moments of joy or sadness that define your happiness. Instead, it’s about finding balance and learning to embrace your natural, inner joy.

While genetics and upbringing play a role in determining your happiness set-point, the exciting news is that it’s not entirely fixed. With conscious effort and the application of the tips and strategies we’ll discuss throughout this book, you can gradually nudge your set-point upward, fostering more happiness and well-being in your life.

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