The key to happiness
According to researchers, we all have an innate level of happiness. Just how much we can change this “set point,” or even if it truly is a set point, is hotly debated among experts in positive psychology—a field that focuses on nurturing positive emotions rather than correcting negative ones. Some experts contend that notwithstanding emotional lows and highs, sooner or later we tend to revert to our individual happiness set point. This explains why external factors—such as rising levels of income—don’t make us happier. Other experts, including Randy Paterson, psychologist and director of counseling center Changeways Clinic in Vancouver, believe it is possible to alter our happiness beyond what we experience on average, by making intentional day-to-day attitude changes and developing certain skills.
At the very least, we can count on the following 10 insights into the science to brighten our day, and possibly point us toward a new path to happiness.