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What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz

What percentage of our happiness can we actually change?

2.  What percentage of our happiness can we actually change?

  1. About 40 percent
  2. About 50 percent
  3. About 10 percent
  4. About 60 percent

A: No. 1

Leading researcher Sonya Lyubomirsky has been able to determine that about 40 percent of our capability for happiness is underdeveloped and within our power and ability to change.  About 10 percent can be attributed to life circumstances and 50 percent of our happiness is set.

Lyubomirsky developed an assessment of personal happiness through a brief 4-item scale called The Subjective Happiness Scale. It assigns you to an activity that helps to bring a little more joy into your life.

What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz


Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.

Honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression Dr. Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP is a core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, for PsychCentral.com, and developed the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu.   His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit was released in 2018, and his next book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depressionis hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential.

Learn more about Dr. Dan at his website.


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Tomasulo, D. (2018). What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 3, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-do-you-know-about-being-happy-the-positive-psychology-quiz/
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