Science of Happiness (2007), the

Ever since this time, many in psychological and social science arenas have taken for granted that people go back to a relatively stable happiness set point, even after experiencing apparently life-changing dealings.

There have been a rising number of researchers who are questioning whether that set point really exists. Some have recommended that in spite of peoples resiliency, they do not inevitably go back to a specific level of happiness. Others have suggested that psychologists also need to take into account environmental impacts on happiness. In either case, people may be able to make a mindful choice to advance their well-being.

The long-term joy of happiness is often thought to be a set point of cognition. People who want to become happier should think about centering on altering their circumstances instead of their frames of mind. There is a certain irony because the other facets of happiness that are not mirrored in emotions and is easier to attain.

But people try to chase emotional happiness which is more intimately connected to the set point idea. Research has shown that people can augment their contentment by making a concerted effort to be grateful for what they have, look at circumstances in an optimistic light or carry out a kind act. People tend to become accustomed completely too positive occurrences, unless they aggressively and deliberately use strategies to obstruct such alteration.


Lamber, Craig. (2007). The Science of Happiness. Harvard Magazine, 26(30), p. 94.

Stambor, Zak. (2007). Is Our Happiness Set.

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