Last week I posed the question, ‘Can I become happier?’
The answer is of course ‘yes’, our choices are important. But they aren’t the only factor involved.
I then asked a second question
‘Which is most important in determining our happiness – genetics, circumstances or choices?’ Each of them have some impact, but not to the same extent…
The top choice was Option 2
Putting genetics as the most important factor; other people saw choices as the key.
In fact, Option 2 is correct
Genetics comes out as most significant in determining our happiness, followed by our voluntary choices, with our present circumstances coming third.
Surprised? Most people are actually
When I run this exercise as part of The Happiness Course, most people think that genetics is relatively unimportant. I’ll return to this in future weeks, but for now, it’s worth saying that psychologists used to believe that genetics was even more significant and that our choices counted for relatively little!
The proportions for the three factors work out like this:
Some surprises there too!
We’ll pick up on each of these over the next few posts….