This is the final post in the series exploring what determines our happiness
As we’ve seen, genetics plays an important role at 50%, perhaps more than we would guess. Life circumstances (where we live, our social or economic status, etc) come in at just 10%, which again is not necessarily what many of us would think!
So what about the third factor, our choices?
40% of our wellbeing is determined by the free choices, or “intentional activities” we make every day – anything from deciding to get out of bed to go to work, to (not) shouting at our nearest and dearest, all the way to life-changing decisions that change the course of our (and others’) lives!! That’s pretty important stuff!
Here’s the thing. We can do absolutely nothing about our genetic makeup
It’s what we were served up by our parents. Like the colour of our hair or skin, we can’t alter the genetic dimension of our personalities and dispositions! We can modify some of our physical features (billions are spent on that across the world!), but we can do little about the psychological features.
What about our circumstances?
Well, there’s a bit more we can do about them, but not entirely – some are beyond our range of actions.
But choices – they are entirely up to us! 100%
We get to decide just how to behave towards ourselves and others. We can choose to be grateful for the good things we receive in life – or we can be self-centred and narcissistic! And so on…
So, what do you think?
What kind of choices have you made today – and what impact have they had on you and others?