We all have genetic predispositions that determine our state of happiness, which is why some of us are happier than others.
Although we may be pre-dispositioned to certain family traits, we have some control over that. It is our circumstances that dictate how we feel about what we deal with and that determines how happy we are and how much control we have.
We are all born with genetic predispositions, but our circumstances, and environmental considerations also play their part in determining a general state of happiness. There are people who have happy dispositions and it’s those dispositions that allow them to live their lives, differently to the rest of us.
That said, I believe we can learn to be happy, by living our lives a certain way and thinking about being happy. Lifestyle plays its part too, as do our beliefs, but for those of us who don’t have the happy disposition, we can learn to be happy with just a few small changes. If we change what is causing us to be unhappy, we will always find a level that fits.
Changing jobs, moving further out, distancing ourselves from people who make us unhappy, all go some way to changing the way we feel, see and do things, but that’s only part of it, because we must incorporate a positive lifestyle to match.