So… what is happiness, really?

Happiness is our state of being at the intersection of meaning and pleasure. It’s the balance in our lives between experiences that give us short-term pleasure and provide long-lasting meaning.


Happiness Fact:

40% of our happiness is our choice.

50% of our individual level of happiness is determined by our DNA; our “happiness set point”. 10% of our happiness is determined by external factors: food, water, shelter, basic financial stability. That leaves 40% of our potential individual level of happiness entirely up to us. To be happy… or not to be, through our intentional thoughts and purposeful actions, science tells us 40% is our choice.

Thrive creates opportunities for you to exercise your 40%…to take control of your happiness…to push your boundaries… to connect with others in new ways… to learn new skills and experience new things, all in an environment of fun, surprise, and connection. And since we know that happiness is contagious (it’s a science-based fact) when you get happier, so do those around you. And then, so do those around them, and those around them. And that is how we impact a community. One happy, thriving person at a time.

Happy by Design: Scott Simon and Jen Margolis at TEDxCLE 2013