At Compak we manage our client's money, we create comprehensive financial plans, provide insurance solutions and help with Estate planning but we also keep the big picture in mind ...being happy.

Live 360

Our clients would like to have their portfolio grow, have a sound long-term plan but all of this is done for the purpose of enhancing their happiness and have peace of mind. Based on the scientific research of Professor Dr. Lyubomirsky, a world renowned researcher on happiness, we have created a unique program called LIVE 360.

This program provides our clients a structured solution for enhancing their overall satisfaction with life. According to research on happiness, about 50% of our happiness is based on our genes (called the happiness set point) and 10% of happiness is based on our life circumstances, like how much money we have, whether we are single or married, our education level, the car we drive, money in the bank, or how big our house is, etc. Besides our genes and circumstances, what makes the other 40%? It is our behavior and attitude, and this is the key. This 40% is within our control, and research has shown that if we develop an understanding of the science of happiness and take positive steps, our overall satisfaction with life can be significantly enhanced.

Our LIVE 360 program shares the latest research on happiness with clients, provides them a four month structured program of activities that can contribute to happiness, gives them access to online resources to measure their progress and deliver one-on-one guidance with the Compak Happiness Coach. We sincerely believe that each one of us can be happier and Compak is dedicated to providing every possible tool to our clients to enhance their experience.

Learn more about Professor Dr. Lyubomirsky’s book,
"The How of Happiness."

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Quick Factoids from The How of Happiness

Different cultures have different beliefs about the importance of happiness. People in some cultures, like Russia, are less likely to believe that happiness is a reasonable, desirable, or attainable goal to pursue.

Most of us aren't flourishing. Nationally representative samples of U.S. adults indicate that slightly more than half of us (54%) are "moderately mentally healthy yet not flourishing - that is, we lack great enthusiasm for life and are not actively and productively engaged with the world.

Studies show that 50% of individual differences in happiness are determined by genes, 10% by life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities.

Rich people aren't as happy as we'd expect. The richest Americans, those earning more than 10 million dollars annually, report levels of personal happiness only slightly greater than the office staffs and blue-collar workers they employ.

Happy people accrue more money. One example of such a "happiness benefit" is that those who are happy as college freshmen have higher salaries 16 years later (when they are in their mid-30s) without an initial wealth advantage.

Happy people find (good) marriage partners. Another example of such a "happiness benefit" is that women who express sincere joy in their college yearbook photos are relatively more likely to be married by age 27 and more likely to have satisfying marriages at age 52.

Money brings problems to the very rich. In a study of 792 well-off adults, more than half reported that wealth didn't bring them more happiness, and a third of those with assets greater than $10 million said that money bought more problems than it solved.

Happy people think they're better looking than they are. Happier people rate themselves as more attractive than do their less happy peers, but objective judges cannot tell the difference.

Happiness effects of marriage wear off in 2 years. In a landmark study, 25,000 residents of West Germany and East Germany, including citizens, immigrants, and foreigners, were surveyed every year for 15 years. Over the course of the study, 1,761 individuals got married and stayed married. The results showed that marriage led to only a 2-year boost in happiness.

Our happiness peaks at age 65. A 22-year study of about 2,000 healthy veterans of World War II and the Korean War revealed that life satisfaction increased over the course of these men's lives, peaked at age 65, and didn't start significantly declining until age 75.

Overthinking (i.e., rumination) ushers in a host of adverse consequences: It sustains or worsens sadness, fosters negatively-biased thinking, impairs a person's ability to solve problems, saps motivation, and interferes with concentration and initiative.

Happy people care less about others' successes. Happy people are less affected by unfavorable social comparisons (e.g., observing a peer who is worse off) than unhappy ones.

Satisfied and stable couples are relatively more likely to idealize each other.

The key to a happy marriage is to respond appropriately to our partner's successes. What distinguishes good and poor relationships is not how the partners respond to each other's disappointments and reversals but how they respond to good news.

Hugs make people happier. Students at Penn State who were instructed to give or receive a minimum of five hugs per day over the course of four weeks and to record the details became much happier. Students who merely recorded their reading activity showed no changes.

Reminiscing benefits older people. The more time older adults spend reminiscing, the more positive affect and higher morale they report.

The practice of repetitively replaying your happiest life events serves to prolong and reinforce positive emotions and make you happier, whereas systematically analyzing your happiest life events has the reverse effect.

People high in mindfulness - that is, those who are prone to be mindfully attentive to the here and now and keenly aware of their surroundings - are models of flourishing and positive mental health.

Studies have shown that nostalgic experiences spawn positive feelings, reinforce our sense of being loved and protected, and even boost our self-esteem.

Religious people are happier, healthier, and cope better with trauma.

Exercise lifts depression just as well as medication. Four months of aerobic exercise has been found to be just as effective at treating depression as four months of Zoloft, or as a combination of exercise and Zoloft.

Half of us feel worse, not better, when we exercise. In one study, participants were asked to cycle at 60% of their maximum heart rate. Over the course of 30 minutes, half the participants reported feeling progressively better, and half claimed to feel progressively worse.

Botox lifts hard-core depression. Ten clinically depressed women whose depressions had not responded to treatment by either drugs or psychotherapy were administered Botox to their frown lines. Two months later, 9 out of the 10 participants were no longer depressed, and the tenth had much improved.

Friends triple our chances for keeping weight off. Participants undertook a 4-month-long weight loss program involving diet, exercise, and behavioral changes. Of those who embarked on the program alone, 76% completed it and 24% maintained their weight losses in full for an entire 6 months. In contrast, of those who engaged in the weight loss program with three acquaintances, friends, or family members, 95% completed it and 66% maintained their weight losses in full.

It's maladaptive to be too happy.

Contrary to popular belief, most people who repeatedly try to kick habits are successful. Schachter found a 63% success rate for self-cure of smoking and obesity, and Klem et al. found that 43% of people who had kept off 30 pounds for at least 5 years reported that maintaining the weight was easier than losing it.