Want to Be Happier? Change Your Answer to This One Question

Albert Einstein once said, "The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or a hostile universe." Although it may not always feel like it, the way you look at the world is a conscious decision you make every day. In fact, Inc. writes the way you answer the question "Do I live in a good world or a bad world?" determines the way you view happiness, prosperity, and life as we know it.

"Whether you view your world as good or bad impacts your attitude as you go about your day," writes Inc.'s Chris Winfield. "By starting your day with a conscious decision that the world is good, you're less likely to react in a negative way when things happen that you didn't plan. You have a little more patience. A little more hope."

Winfield gives the example of getting cut off in traffic. Someone with a negative perception of the world would likely ruminate on the situation for the rest of the day, whereas a positive person would feel grateful they didn't get in a car accident or get hurt. In other words, those who believe that the world is a hostile, unforgiving place are essentially looking for circumstances and occurrences that validate this belief.

But as I mentioned before, you have the power to choose how you view the world. Winfield recommends choosing words and statements that reflect a positive attitude each morning, such as "I will have a good day today." You should also focus on the events you're looking forward to in the coming days and weeks, instead of dreading that work review or upcoming conference.

One of the quickest ways to think more positively, he argues, is to simply show appreciation for all of the good things you currently have in your life. "It's never going to be 100%, but if you focus on the good just a bit more than the bad, you're making progress. It's all about baby steps."

Do you view the world as hostile or abundant? Share your answer with us below.