The 4 key points for understanding the Habitual Happiness Study

The folks at GetYourShitTogether have launched a research project studying the habits related to people’s levels of happiness. The study has already The premise of the project is powerful but simple, and can be summed up in the following 4 points:

1. Background: 40% of our happiness is defined by our mindset

According to Psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky happiness is broken down by the following graph:

50% of happiness is genetic, 10% our circumstances, and 40% our mindset, which contains our actions and our thoughts.

“Mindset” is our internal state of mind; it’s the way we think about ourselves and the actions we take. To some of us our internal state of mind may seem as immutable as our genetics, but the truth is we have as much control over our thoughts as we do our actions — in fact the two are inextricably intertwined. The Habitual Happiness Study is digging into this 40% each of us control to illuminate how we can make it work for us.

2. Goal: to further understand the connection between habits and happiness

Our “Mindset” is the result of our actions and our thoughts, as shown in the following picture:

The way we think is a result of the way we act, and the way we act is a result of the way we think.

I promise this doesn’t end in an inescapable loop… so long as we don’t let it. When a thought or action arises in us, we each have the ability to step in and change it. When you change your thought or action in the same manner enough times it becomes your default mode; you’ve developed a Habit.

The Habitual Happiness Study Aims to find more about which habits happy people utilize, which habits unhappy people get stuck in, and what intentional actions people take to grow from unhappy to happy.

3. Method: 5–10 minute anonymous questionnaire

The general format first asks the participant to gauge their level of happiness. The questions following differ depending on the original answer, but each requires the participant to reflect on their situation and how their actions relate to it. The questions related to action focus on long term strategies rather than short term mood alterations.

At this time the questionnaire is the lifeblood of the study, but more pieces may be added in time!

4. Results will be published for everyone to learn from and used to improve the GetYourShitTogether community

We believe that every person can benefit from developing intentional habits, which is why we are growing the GetYourShitTogether community. Not everyone will want to be part of the community, which is fine! We’ll publish our results publicly on our blog for everyone to learn from, and are open to releasing it elsewhere as well.

For those who would like a community aspect to your personal growth, GetYourShitTogether is a community of people who learn more about themselves through supporting each other, strengthened by a webhome designed to promote personal progress and insight. The results of this study will go directly into making as effective a resource as possible.

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