- July 17, 2020
Is it possible to find happiness right here, right now?
“Happiness is not a destination,” they say. “It’s a journey.” It’s a mindset, a perspective, a choice. And it has nothing to do with finally reaching the Holy Grail of anticipated, sought-after bliss.
If happiness runs in your veins, this may be preaching to the choir.
But for some, the elixir seems a little more elusive. And hearing that happiness is not a destination isn’t enough to change that. They need to understand why it isn’t an endpoint.
If you’re among those who need a little more convincing that happiness is not a destination, here are 6 reasons to shift your thinking.
- Set-point theory.
The set-point theory of happiness says that your level of subjective well-being is determined primarily by heredity and ingrained personality traits. You’ll naturally experience highs and lows through life experiences, but your happiness level will remain relatively constant.
In other words, based on this theory, your self-perception of happiness will always oscillate around a baseline level. Whether you lose a job or win the lottery, your attitude and emotional state will habituate to the change and return to your “normal.”
The set-point theory has its challenges, but it corroborates one…