The 90-10 Happiness Rule
The 90/10 rule for happiness says that we have no control over about 10% of what happens to us each day.
We cannot stop the computer from breaking down. A driver may cut us off in traffic. Someone may be rude to us.
We have no control over many things like these each day.
The other 90% is different.
We determine the other 90%!
How? By our reaction to what happens. Imagine that are having breakfast with your family. As you walk to the table you trip over your dog and spill coffee all over your work clothes. You snap at your dog and tell it off for getting in your way. You get angry and upset because you will now be late for work.
So you rush around and change your clothes. Breakfast is now very uncomfortable for the rest of your family because of your temper. You drive to work still angry and have a generally miserable day where nothing seems to go well.
Let’s rewind the clock and look at this experience again using the 90/10 rule.
Here is what you might have done:
Coffee splashes over you. You are about to get angry. Instead you say “Oops, I better watch where I walk and be more careful next time”. Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down to finish your breakfast.
You make a quick phone call to work and let them know you will be a few minutes late today. You laugh and joke with your family at breakfast and leave for work. You arrive at work about ten minutes late and cheerfully greet your workmates. Your day seems to go well.
Notice the difference. Both days started the same but ended differently. Why? Because of how you reacted.
Remember the 90/10 rule. Keep in mind, that the one thing you and I do have control over is how we react to anything that happens to us.
Choose how you will react today when things happen that are outside your control.
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“The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.”Marsha Washington