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Set point for happiness

by Jon Platt on September 08, 2017
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Have you ever boarded a plane and as you headed to your coach seat, you first walked through business class? Let's explore what this experience can teach us about happiness.

Next time you’re flying coach, perform this simple experiment: As you walk past passengers seated in their big fluffy business class seats, check out the expressions on their faces. Does every single one of them have a big smile as they embrace flying in luxury?

As a professional observer of human behavior, I’ve done this experiment countless times, and the answer I come up with every time is the same: They don’t look any happier than the other passengers. So what does this have to do with happiness and bringing about more of it in our lives?

The Set Point for Happiness

We humans are creatures of habit. We