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The Happiness Pie

A person serving a piece of pie.

In the quest for fulfilling a happy life, we often find ourselves trying to figure out what really contributes to our happiness. An article from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley started to look at the big question, “How much of your happiness is truly under your control?”


And the good part to know, is that a significant portion of our happiness lies directly within our grasp.


The happiness pie chart is broken into three key areas of how our happiness is controlled.


Genes play a role and determine about 50% of our happiness.

10% is based on our life circumstances.

And the good news for you and I, is that 40% is based on intentional activity.


This says that we do have control over our own happiness, but it is a conscious choice we make.


So although that genetic blueprint is important, there’s true power in intentional activities that shape our own happiness and also influences those around us.


Today’s blog is in honour of Gary Gzik. He was so passionate about creating your own happiness and that happiness is a choice. You choose to be Kick Ass or not. You choose every day how you show up.


And if you read his book The Orange Popsicle, you know exactly what we mean. Gary had it figured out. Happiness was as simple as an orange popsicle. Happiness was intentional moments every day.


A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick-start your conversation.

  1. What are ways you can increase your own personal happiness?

  2. How can we as a team increase our happiness at work?

  3. How are you spending your 40%?


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