Can you control your happiness? A recent study has revealed that many people believe it is possible, and this makes them happier.
The findings come from a survey by Tracking Happiness, which sought to find out what people's thoughts were on happiness.
Questions such as "Is happiness something that you can control?" and "If you look back at the last year of your life, how would you rate your happiness on a scale from 1 to 10?" were posed to 1,154 respondents.
Of those respondents, 89% said they believed happiness is something that can be controlled and 32 % of those who answered yes were happier. The average happiness rating among those who believe happiness is controllable was 7.39, while the average happiness rating of people who think happiness is out of their control was 5.61. Those who rated their happiness level as a 6 or lower were five times more likely to believe that happiness cannot be controlled than those who rated their happiness as a 9 or 10.
The study found that control over our happiness changes as we age and certain factors like education, employment and marital status influence this.
High school graduates had a harder time controlling their happiness than bachelor’s or master’s degrees and people who are employed felt as if they had the most control over their happiness. The survey further found that feelings of control increased from 75% to 90% between the time of finishing college and finding a job. Married people are also more inclined to feel control over their happiness.
The study's authors noted a "clear correlation between feeling in control of your happiness and actually feeling happy." Their advice?
"If you’re currently unhappy, try to find areas where you can be in control of your happiness. Then focus on improving those areas. Based on the survey results, you are more inclined to feel happy when you’re in control of these areas in your life."
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