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Research found that socioeconomic status, educational attainment, marital status account for only 3% of the variance in well-being. Personality-related genetic influences determine up to 65% of our happiness.
Researchers have identified the genetic factors that influence our happiness. These mechanisms impact our self-control, a sense of purpose, agency, drive for personal growth, and how we manage our social relationships.
Numerous studies show that external life circumstances have a small impact on our long-term happiness.
Other research shows that happiness is very high immediately after a major positive event, but will return to the level it was in a month or two. This stable level of happiness is called your happiness set point.
Your happiness set point is not fixed. It's more a soft baseline that your happiness will hover around for the majority of your life.
Resilience research proposes that your resilience is mostly your ability to keep your happiness at the set point while going through difficult experiences.
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