The Happiness Formula

a formula to live by


Last week I was in LA for work and a little play and couldn't have felt more alive.  I just love it out there.  I was so happy about the gig I was working on, so happy to take a break with Joe and so incredibly happy to be in the sunshine.  And now, back to the grind in NYC.  Reality sets in.  I once read that there's a formula to our happiness by Deepak Chopra, MD. Here's how it works.

H = S + C + V

The happiness formula is compromised of three parts, each of which hold a different weight in affecting your overall happiness.

H = Happiness

By definition, happy means feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.   

S = set point for happiness, 50%

This is heavily influenced by your upbringing and the people you've surrounded yourself with your entire life. Where does yours start? For starters, are you an optimist or a pessimist?   

This set point for happiness can be influenced by C and V.  For example, if I asked you how happy you generally were on a scale of 1-10 and you said 5, C and V can help to raise or lower it.

C = conditions economically, 12%

How often do you think about money?  

V = voluntary choices,  38%

What do you do in your free time?  From shopping, eating, to working out and spending time with friends and family, what you do daily  heavily influences your personal happiness factor.

Being mindful about the happiness formula, will help to set you up for your happiest days yet.