3.16 Adaptation Theory of Well-being

(Diener, Lucas, and Scollon 2006) People tend to return to their previous level of happiness after traumatic events. we tend to stay in a long-term disposition.

(Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, and Schkade 2005) long-term happiness depends 50% on a person’s genetic set point, 10% on circumstances (whether you, how rich, how healthy they are), and 40% on what they choose to think and do. Hence, even if our friends are happy, they happiness will wear off, and return us the original level.


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Lyubomirsky, Sonja, Kennon M. Sheldon, and David Schkade. 2005. “Pursuing Happiness: The Architecture of Sustainable Change.” Review of General Psychology 9 (2): 111–31. https://doi.org/10.1037/1089-2680.9.2.111.