Category Archives: Happiness

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

Recent research provides a whole new understanding of the brain’s amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good. One way to test these hypotheses is to look at activity in the amygdala—a small, almond-shaped brain region—in people … Continue reading

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On the promotion of Human flourishing

Many empirical studies throughout the social and biomedical sciences focus only on very narrow outcomes such as income, or a single specific disease state, or a measure of positive affect. Human well-being or flourishing, however, consists in a much broader … Continue reading

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What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

We’d all like to be a little happier. The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally … Continue reading

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Happiness is a Compass, Not a Destination

I’ve recently discovered a powerful set of ideas concerning happiness. More importantly, by acting in accordance with these ideas I’ve brought more happiness into my life than ever before. Given we all seek happiness— now more than ever — I feel it’s … Continue reading

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Happiness Linked to Valuing Personal Time Over Money

Valuing your time more than the pursuit of money is linked to greater happiness, according to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. In six studies with more than 4,600 participants, researchers found an almost even … Continue reading

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Happiness and Children

It is a mistake to expect children to be happy, worse still to insist on it. Childhood is navigated via rage and disappointment as much as by joy and pleasure, often in quick succession. Nevertheless, a five-year-old knows about as … Continue reading

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Cultures of Wellbeing – Method, Place, Policy

The authors challenge conventional psychological perspectives on happiness and subjective wellbeing, presenting an emergent, more socially grounded approach: relational well being. Addressing the growing interest in happiness and wellbeing in public policy and practice, this edited collection combines critical conceptual … Continue reading

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On Kids’ Happiness

Raising a happy child isn’t as simple as it sounds. That’s because there isn’t one single way to do it — it’s the combination of many methods that will do the trick. Happify, a website that helps people build skills … Continue reading

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Peut-on apprendre à vivre heureux?

Notre culture, pas plus que notre éducation, n’est particulièrement axée sur la recherche du bonheur. Nous préférons ainsi souvent nous pencher plutôt sur les maladies, les défauts, les faiblesses et autres failles que sur les conditions de l’accession au bonheur.  … Continue reading

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Can We Increase Gross National Happiness?

The small Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is known internationally for two things: high visa fees, which reduce the influx of tourists, and its policy of promoting “gross national happiness” instead of economic growth. The two are related: more tourists might … Continue reading

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