June 15

The five keys to sustainable happiness, according to Sonja Lyubomirsky

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Sonja Lyubomirsky has carried out scientific studies that demonstrate that 40% of our sense of well-being is under our control, because it depends on intentional activities we can do on a daily basis. It is clear that increasing happiness for a short time is more or less a simple undertaking. However, achieving a state of enduring happiness is far more difficult. Lyubomirsky proposes five factors that can lead to sustainable happiness:

1. Positive emotion. A basic way to increase happiness is to try to enjoy the many happy moments in life, as they provide joy, pleasantness, curiosity, the states of serenity, vitality, excitement, etc.
2. Optimal timing and variety. Pleasurable states are episodic and occur at irregular intervals. To get the maximum satisfaction from them we must learn to channel them to the right time for our enjoyment. Also, we should practice a variety of leisure activities to avoid falling into a rut.
3. Social support. People usually become part of a network of relationships and social contacts. Happiness also depends largely on the cooperation of others, especially of those with whom we have a strong and significant bond: family, true friends, etc. Emotional support is important.
4. Motivation, effort and commitment. Living with more happiness is also a learning process. For this we need motivation. We must make the decision to conduct a program to be happier, and put in the necessary effort and commit to this long-term goal .
5- Habit. The effort to begin requires a great deal of determination and energy, which can be daunting. Fortunately, new behaviors to increase sustainable well-being end up becoming good habits with repetition and practice. Healthy habits increase well-being in a sustainable manner.

I strongly agree with the five keys that Sonja Lyubomirsky proposes. They are all important, especially social support and motivation, effort and commitment. Often in life, starting and getting going are the hardest parts.

Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The How of Happiness. New York: Penguin Press.