I was recently reading a couple of books that both mentioned baseline levels of happiness. Basically, that we’ll inevitably adapt and return to our genetically determined baseline level of happiness, regardless of our experiences.
First, what are your thoughts on this?
Are some people "destined" to be happier than others?
Can people become happier?
And, if so, are they doomed to return to their baseline, which may be below an "average happiness level"?
Things to think about.
Me? I think it's more about personality and choices.
Yes, certain personalities tend to be more meloncholy,
but that doesn't necessarily mean they are less happy.
For one thing, they may rate happiness differently.
I do believe, for sure, that people can become happier.
Or change their baseline, for that matter.
I believe that many people have slight fluctuations...
And some personalities, like mine, tend to do spikies.
(Yep, that's a psychological term, I'm sure.)
My "normal" happy level is pretty high, I think.
The world is great, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, what's not to love?
But when I do feel sad, it's like a sudden downward spike...nothing gradual about it.
Thankfully, I usually spike back up again just as quickly.
Awesome graphics, right? Thanks.
I don't believe I'm genetically predisposed to be above-average on the happiness scale.
As far as I'm concerned, it's habit.
Do you make a habit of appreciating each new day?
Does each sunrise still mean something?
Do you stop to smell the flowers?
Do you notice the little miracles all around you?
Are people predisposed to happiness?
Or do some people LEARN to continually appreciate goodness?
I believe it's habit.
And a reminder, now and again, doesn't hurt. :)
Today choose to smile.
Look around you and notice your blessings.
Let your thankfulness pour off of you, and affect others.