“Only about 10 percent of the variance in our happiness levels is explained by differences in life circumstances or situations — that is , whether we are rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, beautiful or plain, married or divorced, etc.” from The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Recently I’ve picked up a series of books based on surveys about personal strengths conducted by Gallup, the pollsters and market researchers. My brother-in-law, who used to work at Gallup, gave me a copy of Soar with Your Strengths. In it the authors argue that each person has a primary strength and that you should focus on developing and utilizing that strength, rather than trying to correct your weaknesses. A later book in the series, Strengths Finder 2.0, provides access to an online assessment that readers can use to determine their top five strengths.