Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses

We all have strengths and weaknesses. You might find that you excel at problem-solving, but speaking in public may not be your forte. Similarly, we all have happiness strengths and weaknesses that influence our everyday life. Psychologist, Sonja Lyubomirsky, suggests 50 percent of happiness is genetically predetermined, 10 percent is due to life circumstances, and 40 percent is the result of your own personal outlook. This is particularly motivating because it means almost half of our happiness is directly under our control! Knowing this, it is important to identify individual happiness strengths and weaknesses. Consider the following happiness skills below…

  • Positive self-views: The ability to see yourself as a good, worthwhile human being
  • Empathy: The ability to put yourself in another person’s shoes and see the world from
    their perspective
  • Gratitude: The ability to be thankful for the experiences and people you have in your life
  • Growth mindset: The belief that your strengths can be developed through hard work and
    dedication
  • Assertiveness: The ability to stand up for yourself, speak up, and communicate your
    needs

You can read more about happiness strengths and weaknesses here. Choose one individual weakness and set aside time each week to work on developing this skill. Over time your weakness will become a strength and will serve to bolster your happiness!