Tuesday, 06 Mar, 2007 Science

Happiness Might Appear Before Fortunate Events Occur, Study Says


A recent study on human happiness reveals that our adaptation to major life events is not the only factor to influence our well-being. Those who will have their life run in a more balanced way are predominantly inclined to feel happy long before the fortunate occurrence in their life.

Latest psychological studies have found that the feeling of happiness is not related to outside circumstances or turning points of one's life. This means that prosperity, marriage or health do not determine our subjective well being.

This theory has proved to be basically true, but only for some changes concerning the character of the event. Though most people can adapt to variety of negative and disturbing circumstances like death of a close person or significant changes in marital status, and return to a normal level of well being, individual differences still matter. After a revision of the studies, where the most important factor proved to be the adaptation to life events, new discoveries were made to prove the counter evidence.

First of all, it was proved that the level of happiness is not a standstill state only perturbed by negative and positive events. Some major disturbances may affect your happiness to greater extend than others.

Researches conducted by Richard E. Lucas of Michigan State University and the German Institute for Economic Research in Germany and Great Britain collected the data on the level of happiness before and after significant life events.

According to the study, people can adapt to such events like marriage or death of a spouse, but are mostly unable to return to the previous level of well-being after divorce, serious illness and unemployment.

But what became really surprising during the research was the fact that individual factor cannot be underestimated. It was found that those individuals who had quite harmonious long-lasting marriage are disposed to feel happy long before the marriage occurred. Otherwise, this evidence was not observed among those who got divorced, for instance.

Thus the study shows that not only our flexibility to life's ups and downs plays an important role for our subjective feeling of happiness. The innate individual differences are claimed to overpower personal ability to adaptation.


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//9 Jan 02, 2011 04:53 AM | posted by: Rhob
Happiness is relative. People have different views on happiness based on experiences. But happiness is just the outcome of a more deep-seated cause, which is peace of mind. When you are living a life pleasing to God, the peace that passes all understanding flows through your being that even the most despairing moment may not even hold back.
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//8 Oct 07, 2010 01:58 PM | posted by: Karsimran
....always believe in God that whatever happens is for good.....even if u r going through worst circumstances ,it is in the order made by god.....stay calm every time....
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//7 Sep 21, 2010 05:57 AM | posted by: gahambal nga inumol
happiness comes from one's outlook in life... altho circumstances mold our dispositions.. it's not dependent on any circumstances.. Phil 4: 8.. we must view any circumstances in light of "positive things"... this thread is based on psychological studies... try biblical study.. it provides a better, if not the best, concept about happiness..
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//6 May 12, 2010 07:42 PM | posted by: ASHU
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//5 May 06, 2010 11:09 AM | posted by: unknowm guets
perfectly true!!!
dis happens mostly!!
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//4 Apr 26, 2010 08:13 AM | posted by: jecy
sure...... that's the reality
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//3 Aug 01, 2008 07:28 PM | posted by: Unknown
Our inherent inclination to adapt does play a significant role in our subjective feeling of happiness.I believe the conditioning ones mind since childhood with an inclination to think positively does help.Parents take the hint.
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//2 Apr 14, 2008 04:35 PM | posted by: snsuresh [InfoMANIAC]
may be but this is final?
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//1 Jan 08, 2008 11:12 AM | posted by: mike
absolutely true!!!!

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