The Happiness Test

Which of the following would make you happier?

  • Making more Money
  • Finding a soulmate
  • Losing ten pounds
  • Moving into a new house
  • Success
  • Better genes

Hard to answer? New science proves that happiness is a process, not a goal. And it’s not necessarily about having “fun”, either. Happiness is about 50 percent genetic, 40 percent intentional and 10 percent circumstantial. That 40 percent category- the intentional one- is the most important.

Circumstances can change or you can become accustomed to them (a new car, a bigger house, or a promotion, for example) such that they no longer make you “happy”. On the other hand, when you are engaged in a life’s purpose that has meaning to you, which can be anything from rearing children to doctoring the elderly in undeserved areas, happiness finds you in the way you live and look at the world.

In other words, happiness is more a choice than an outcome or a destination.
It’s an action, not a result.


 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.

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