Wellbeing & How to Improve It - Mental Fitness: Converge International - Page 12



CAN THE
WELLBEING
SET-POINT BE
SHIFTED?
Although the evidence points to a very stable
“set-point” for wellbeing, this set-point can and
does shift over time for some people.
Some negative events have been shown to be
so damaging that they not only affect wellbeing
immediately and substantially, but on average
wellbeing never transitions back to the level it was
before. Examples of this include the death of a
child10 and repeated spells of unemployment11.
However, it is unlikely that a change in life
circumstances will produce a persistent positive
effect on wellbeing.
For example, more wealth, changes in
accommodation12 and marital status13 have all
been shown to only temporarily change wellbeing.
Over time, people seem to adapt to these changes
and revert to their original wellbeing ‘set-point’.
Interestingly, one of the very few changes
that was shown in one study to lead to higher
sustainable wellbeing, was cosmetic surgery14.
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WELLBEING AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT | A WHITE PAPER FROM CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL | 2020

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