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Happiness is a product of habitual outlook

April 23, 2012

Recent studies indicate that happiness is a product of habitual outlook more than of circumstance; people tend to return to the same “set point” of happiness (Fujita and Diener 162) after both good and bad events. Such stability of outlook may be a matter of genetic predisposition, but genes are not the only things passed along within families. They vary widely in their traditional practices and modes of communication, a difference that may add up to a culture of happiness in some: of dissatisfaction in others.” (124)

Ref: Brian Attebery Elizabeth Enright and the Family Story as Genre  Children’s Literature, Volume 37, 2009, pp. 114-136  [Reference is to: Fujita, Frank, and Ed Diener. “Life Satisfaction Set Point: Stability and Change.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 88 (2005): 158–64.]

So,

How is happiness portrayed in YA fiction?

Is it connected to circumstance or outlook (or some other aspect of the experience)?

Is happiness connected to the plot(s) in any way?

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