I’m doing some research for an upcoming blog entry on happiness (the long-term, sustained kind…not the OMG I just won the lottery type), and I thought I might try to do a very unscientific survey on happiness levels. If 10 is jumping-off-the-walls happiness and 1 is can’t-get-out-of-bed-seriously-depressed unhappiness, how would you rate your happiness level now? How would you rate it 10 years ago?
Also, do you believe in the “set-point” theory of happiness which stipulates that we’re all born with an innate happiness set point — and although it may vary as a result of positive (winning the lottery, birth of child, promotion) and negative (having an accident, losing a family member, losing a job) events we tend to gravitate toward our innate happiness set-point after the novelty of the positive/negative event has worn off? Or is it possible to become a significantly happier person over time? If so, how do you become happier?
Any comments, answers, explanations and thoughts would be highly appreciated!