The 80/20 Rule of Happiness

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Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? Basically, this principle states that 80% of your results in any given activity are generated by 20% of your input or effort.

The 80/20 Principle, or Pareto Principle was discovered by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto in 1897. He found that 80% of wealth and income in England was enjoyed by only 20% of the population- a finding that has proven consistent across different countries and different times.

The reason I’m bringing this up is because I just read a blog by Rasheed Ali that discusses how the 80/20 rule can also be applied to our happiness. Most of us don’t take notice of our achievements or exactly what it is that makes us happy, but if we did, we would discover that very few of the things we do actually contribute to our happiness.

I thought this was a fascinating concept, and it got me thinking- could understanding and applying this principle actually advance our happiness? By taking notice of what areas of our lives make us happy, and actively expanding these areas, whilst minimising those which don’t contribute to our happiness, could we be happier?

What do you think?


Check out the article for more on the 80/20 principle and its application to achievement and happiness!

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