Is there a Hack for Happiness?

Is happiness genetic?  Does more money make you happier?  Are more physically attractive people happier? What do happy people do with their spare time?

According to Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness, 50% of happiness is genetic, 40% is intentional and 10% is life circumstances (job, family, health etc.).  So quit blaming your spouse for your mood.  Blame your parents!

For folks who earn $60 to $75,000 a year, people are happier the higher the amount of income.  Less than this, and a loss of happiness is definitely income- related.  It’s hard to be happy if your roof is leaking.  Surprisingly, there is no correlation between happiness and money for those who take home over $75,000.

Also good to know–physical attractiveness doesn’t confer more happiness.

But here’s what does–happier people put more time and energy into relationships with people, and pursue things intrinsically rewarding such as children, friends and hobbies. And if you’d like to improve your health and your happiness, there’s growing evidence that those who volunteer enjoy both benefits (Harvard Health, 2013.)