The Psychology of Everyday Life: Motivation and the Search For Happiness

The Psychology of Happiness

How much do life circumstances contribute to happiness?

According to this same review of the literature by Lyubormirsky and colleagues, life circumstances such as income, social status, and demographic characteristics (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity) matter, but not as much as we might expect, accounting for 10 to 20 percent of overall happiness scores. Estimates similar to this have been reported in other happiness studies.


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