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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.

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.


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Tomasulo, D. (2018). What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-do-you-know-about-being-happy-the-positive-psychology-quiz/
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