Most people are pretty happy. When she started the research for her book – “The Happiness Project” (Harpers 2011) – author Gretchen Rubin discovered a 2006 study that stated that in a survey of 45 countries, on average, people put themselves at a 7 on a scale of 1-10. Americans, in particular, ranked themselves as ‘very’ or ‘pretty’ happy. According to her research, there’s a formula for how happy you are. Half of it is comprised by genetics, with the remaining 10-20% by age/gender/ethnicity/marital status/income/health/occupation/religious affiliation and 20-30% by how you think and act.
But even if you’re happy, can you be happier?