From Health Promotion to Facilitating Happiness?
According to a known estimate approximately 50% of happiness is hereditary, approximately 10% the result of external factors such as an occupation, health or age and the rest 40% is defined by our own attitude, lifestyle and actions (Lyubomirsky et al., 2005). The latter is the one that can be affected by regular happiness exercises and changes in thinking.
THL (Terveyden edistämisen laitos, National Institute of Health and Welfare) executed a survey “Onnellisuuden salaisuus” (The secret for happiness) a year ago and one major factor contributing to subjective happiness was cherishing interpersonal relationships. Also positive thinking was strongly related to healthy lifestyle choices (whatever those are) and happiness.
According to THL’s follow up research participants gained happiness as a consequence of THL’s team’s actions:
- tips for physical activity
- happiness exercises (such as gratitude diary etc.)
- literature reviews regarding happiness research