Do Happier People Have An “Internal” or “External” Locus of Control?

Do you feel like life just happens to you….or do you feel like you create (or co-create) the life you experience?

There are distinct perceptions about how life works, and it turns out they deeply affect how happy you are on a daily basis.

These perceptions are called having an Internal Locus of Control or an External Locus of Control,
and they describe your beliefs about your role in your own life, and how you experience your power within it.

Those with an Internal Locus of Control typically believe that they can influence what happens in their outer world, and they believe they have the power to choose how they want to feel in their inner world People with an Internal Locus of Control tend to feel more empowered, confident and more content because of this.

Those who lean towards having a more External Locus of Control often feel like life is happening to them. They may believe they aren’t in charge and aren’t truly influencing their experiences They also may believe that their emotions are automatic, and are not a choice. These folks might feel like “Since something negative happened, the only option is to feel negative” instead of “I can choose how I want to feel about what’s happening”. Because this perspective is less personally empowered, it can sometime lead people to feel less happy, and more depressed, angry or anxious.

Watch this video to determine what kind of “Locus of Control” you have, and learn how to become happier by shifting your locus of control!

Beth Miller, LCSW-R, CEC, CAHC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Life Coach, energy healer, meditation teacher, and spiritual counselor in private practice in Bayport, Long Island, New York, USA. She is the owner of the group practice POSITIVE ENERGY Holistic Counseling & Institute where she and her fabulous team of therapists use the breakthrough model Advanced Holistic Counseling & Coaching™ to create transformational change in their clients. Beth is the creator of the trademarked Advanced Holistic Counseling & Coaching™: Modern therapy that combines the very best of traditional psychotherapy with life coaching, energy healing, science, and spirituality. Now, Licensed Therapists, Healers, and Coaches can learn how to experience huge transformation in themselves, their clients, and their careers by becoming Certified in Advanced Holistic Counseling & Coaching™.  For free holistic and psychotherapy tools, visit the POSITIVE ENERGY Holistic Counseling & Institute YouTube channel, or contact us directly via phone at 631-533-0708 or email at