The Happiness Pie

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“We cannot force positivity. Yet, we can create conditions that facilitate positive emotions to happen.”

Ana Melikian

In The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky introduces the concept of the Happiness Pie. She explains that, while research suggests that 50% of our well-being is determined by our genetics, only 10% is determined by life circumstances. The remaining 40% can be determined by intentional activity—what we think and what we do.

This Week on The Mindset Zone:

  • The Happiness Pie
  • Why happiness doesn’t have to be a goal; it can be a way of life
  • Happiness as a choice
  • Positive Psychology
  • The 5 components that allow us to flourish
  • The history of the theory of positivity
  • The danger of toxic positivity

The Host:

Ana Melikian has a Ph.D. in Psychology and 20+ years of experience working on human potential. Her keynote, “The Happiness Fallacy” re-envisions and revitalizes how we think about and work with happiness for personal and collective good.

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