Happiness? Mostly, we’re born with it

Happiness? Mostly, we’re born with it

Willow Lawson

THE MAJORITY OF us have a steady level of joy in life, whatever our life circumstances may be. A 17-year study of German men and women supports the theory that happiness, over the long term, is more biological than environmental. Only 25 percent of people report drastic fluctuations in life satisfaction. Change is generally for the worse. People who lose a spouse or are repeatedly unemployed are less likely to fully bounce back.

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