What’s a recipe for happiness ? Recently I had to think about this for a writing exercise in my French class. The purpose of that particular exercise was of course more for learning to write cooking terms and measurement units in French than a serious meditation on the ingredients of happiness.
However, the ‘experts’, which include the sages and philosophers throughout history as well as our modern-time equivalent – therapists, psychologists, and increasingly, scientists, have all been occupying themselves with the task of searching for those elusive ingredients of a blissful life. As part of a growing field called “positive psychology”, happiness is a hot subject of scientific research, and what the scientists have found out so far include:
In short, happiness quotient = 50% personality + 10% external circumstances + 40% your choices (where strategies can be used to increase happiness).
I don’t know about you, but this seems like a pretty good recipe to feel happy about.