Changing Life Circumstances – The Overlooked Happiness Factor

In one of my previous posts about the factors that make us happy I noted how I didn’t necessarily agree with the notion that Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D. put forward in regards to people’s life circumstances. I firmly believe that a great many of our life circumstances are well within our control. It is true that some are outside of our control, and to that extent one makes the best of it.

My practical approach to improving life circumstances is largely the same as improving behaviors and thoughts, if not the same. I take a systems based approached by focusing on improving across multiple dimensions simultaneously. In other words, I try to solve for a web of goals instead of optimizing for a single factor. I also recommend a systematic approach that facilitates the transition to a happier, healthier, and wealthier life that can be improved in either small or large iterations as you develop as a person. At a high level it looks something like the following.


The beauty of this process is that it can be combined with the previously mentioned system so one can affect roughly 50% of their happiness because they are acting on their life circumstances, thoughts, and behaviors at once. Imagine a world where you are in control of roughly half of your happiness and you can improve it across multiple dimensions simultaneously. That is exactly what I’m putting forward in this website, an approach that allows people to live a truly splendid life.

At the core of this strategy is a focus on efficiency and simplicity. The older I become the more I see the wisdom in discarding that which is truly unnecessary in life. It is only after we get rid of the unnecessary distractions in life that we can then focus on what matters. But, as humans, we have a tendency to drift back to the superfluous and so it is a requirement to revisit the question of whether or not in your efforts to improve yourself you have allowed in some distraction.

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.”

– Leo Tolstoy

As I go, I will blog about particular steps I have taken and how they fit into this model of optimizing for happiness. I hope you enjoy the adventure and learn something along the way. In the mean time, have fun by eliminating waste, optimizing required tasks, planning for major life changes, and executing on those plans!


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