Happy People Stay Happy In New Situations

I talked to my good friend Howard last night, who’s started at the University of Michigan, and it struck me that those of us who were happy in high school and happy about life have stayed happy in college (or in gap years). Those who were unhappy have gone to college and stayed in a funk. There are exceptions, of course, but it’s remarkable how "happy people" just seem to find the bright side of a new situation.

This is more evidence for the "genetic baseline" theory of happiness which says even extraordinary events like winning the lottery or losing a loved one will not have an enduring impact on our day-to-day happiness.

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