Ever wondered what the formula for happiness is?

Well your wait is over.

A team of Scientists were commissioned with the task of discovering the happiness formula. After compiling their research they came up with the following equation for happiness:

H = S + C + V

H: Happiness authentic-happiness-formula
S: Your cellular set point
C: Conditions of living
V: Voluntary actions or choices you make daily

The interesting part of this equation was the percentage breakdown of the different parts. They found them to be as follows:
50% Your cellular set point
10% Conditions of living
40% Voluntary actions or choices you make daily

In an attempt to be happier, most people focus the majority of their attention on changing their conditions of living. But as the equation shows, that only makes up 10%. No wonder they feel like they aren’t making progress!

So the next time you are looking to make yourself happier be sure to focus the right amount of energy on the right areas:

S: Your cellular set point

Simply put, this is the balance point that all your cells (including your unconscious mind) will always try and return to. Some people have a higher set point, so their “average” day will be happier than someone else’s.

How do you increase your cellular set point?
The majority of your time needs to be spent feeling the feelings of what you want through activities like visualisation, meditating or contemplation.

Any activity that replicates these feelings will do because they create new ‘foods’ for your cells to get addicted to. And if you were to get your cells (including your unconscious mind) addicted to wealth, they will do everything in their power to bring that to you.

C: Conditions of living

No matter how much you change your conditions of living by buying new clothes, TV’s, happy-home-environment shoes, cars, stereos, watches etc it will only ever be 10% of your actual happiness. Plus the happiness from shopping has been shown to only last between 1-3 days.
The number one way human beings use for gaining happiness on this planet across all countries is shopping due to marketing and media however unfortunately this type of happiness is only temporary.

Think about that for a moment and ask yourself, “how much time do I actually dedicate to increasing my conditions of living?”

As you begin to realise how little an effect it actually has on your happiness you may find now is a good time to re-write some of your goals!

V: Voluntary actions or choices you make daily

Ask yourself the question: “When something happens to me during the day what meaning do I give to it (empowering or not) and what type of voluntary choice or action do I take as a result?”

So there you have it some practical uses for the Happiness Equation.

By Benjamin Harvey


AUTHENTIC EDUCATION Benjamin J Harvey is a professional speaker and founder of Authentic Education (a BRW 2013 Fast Starters 100 Company). Having delivered 7,000+ one-on-one coaching sessions and earning over six figures in just the first year of being certified as a coach, Ben now specializes in helping coaches live their love. Ben has been invited to speak by the Queensland Government and Youth Challenge Australia and holds personal development workshops that blend eastern magic with western strategy. He has consulted with the largest organisations in Australia such as Optus, IBM and Commonwealth Bank.
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