The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home...a friendship. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is plan on the one we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our "Attitudes."
Research published in The How of Happiness by University of California psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky tells us exactly how much our happiness is based on our life circumstances. It's about 10%! So, 90% of our happiness isn't based on what's happening in the world. It's based on how we see the world. What's included in the 90%? Our genetic predisposition and our intentional activities.
If I knew everything about your life circumstances--your job, your health, your marital status, your income--I could predict only 10% of your happiness. The remaining amount is not determined by your external world but by the way your brain processes it.
Happiness depends upon ourselves. --Aristotle
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. --Viktor Frankl
Keep your face always toward the sunshine--and shadows will fall behind you. --Walt Whitman