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Happiness Study

This Is What Happiness Looked Like Nearly 80 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living

In 1938, a social research organization called Mass Observation placed an advertisement in a local British newspaper, the Bolton Evening News, asking ...

5 Ways to Make Every Day a Happy Day

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Whitmore

Happy people avoid dwelling on their problems, perform more acts of kindness, and are able to lose themselves in whatever they enjoy doing. Those are all good reasons to choose a happier, better life. Here are five ways to make every day a happy day.

Our Obsession With Studying Happiness Is Actually Making Us Less Happy

Quartz | Noah Berlatsky | Posted 04.24.2015 | World

Every morning before meetings began at the 2014 World Economic Forum at Davos, attendees had a chance to meditate with Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist mon...

'Happy Sweat' Is A Thing And It May Be Contagious

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes & Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

If you're happy and you know it, sweat it out. When you experience joy, you produce chemical compounds that others pick up on when they smell your...

Six Science-Based Ways That Money Actually Can Buy Happiness

The Washington Post | Erinn Bucklan | Posted 03.27.2015 | World

How much is happiness worth to you? Placing a price tag on emotional well-being may seem like a slippery slope, but scientists have a lot to say about...

Here's Proof You Don't Need A 6-Figure Salary To Be Happy

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Money won't necessarily make you happier -- but a new study suggests your chosen profession might. Using data collected for the Cabinet Office's 20...

How To Intentionally Design A Happier Life

Fast Company | Elizabeth Segran | Posted 02.13.2015 | World

Most people assume that they know whether they are happy or not, but in reality, judging our own happiness can be very difficult. There is often a dis...

Where Americans Are Happiest And Why

Fast Company | Ben Schiller | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

The United States was founded so people could pursue happiness, but some places seem to do a better job of it than others. There's a big difference be...

How The Story You Tell Yourself Can Make You Happier

Quartz | Sonali Kohli | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

Harnessing happiness has become something of a cultural obsession. Countless studies have linked our happiness to money, age, location, and timing of ...

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

Fast Company | Jane Porter | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier? Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomen...

Happiness Survey Says It's OK To Not Know The Folks Next Door

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.01.2014 | HuffPost Home

Put down the "welcome to the neighborhood" baked goods, and step away from the "nice to meet you" fruit baskets. Despite your best efforts, getting to...

How Talking To Strangers Can Make Us Happier

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

We've been told since our playground days not to talk to strangers, but avoiding those everyday interactions may be slightly hurting us when it comes ...

New Study Says There's An Upside To Experiencing Hardship

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

Here's some good news for divorcés: new research suggests that people who have experienced hardships in the past savor things more in the present. ...

10 Science-Backed Tips For Lifelong Health And Happiness

James Clear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your health and happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically.

Study Reveals Depressing Truth About Happiness | Posted 05.30.2013 | Healthy Living

If you feel insecure in your friendships, I've got news for you: You're not alone...

Simple Moves To Instantly Boost Your Mood

Posted 05.15.2013 | Healthy Living

By Rachel Nuwer for YouBeauty Do you ever find yourself slouching in your chair or walking with hunched shoulders and a droopy neck? We're all guil...

6 Tips To Achieve Happiness Despite Everyday Challenges

Shawn Achor | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Shawn Achor

Happiness is a choice, even in the midst of a chronic illness. By taking small steps, large goals can be accomplished, enhancing the outlook and overall well-being of those living with or affected by a life-altering disease.

Not All Happiness Is the Same

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

An interesting aspect of these kinds of happiness is that they seem to be related to people's focus on time. Why does this matter? These researchers find that the kind of happiness you are experiencing affects the types of products you are interested in buying.

Find Happiness in a Bad Economy

Sean Meshorer | Posted 09.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

When we make the shift from seeing our happiness as something dependent on outward circumstances to realizing that our happiness is primarily inner-directed, we find that we can be happy no matter what kind of economic or life challenges we might be experiencing.

An Examination of Unhappy Doctors

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The last few years have seen radical changes in the health care system. I suspect that many doctors report unhappiness because these changes mean that many doctors' careers do not live up to their expectations.

Why The Meaning Of Happiness Changes As We Age

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

As we grow older, we find that happiness becomes more and more about fulfilling your responsibilities well and hanging on to what you've already got.

Revealed: The Secret To Long Life And Happiness

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Researchers found that personality and social relations in childhood significantly predicted risk of mortality many years later. The findings were not what you may expect, though.

What We Can Learn From Research On Forgiveness And Gratitude

Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, Ph.D.

Understandings of happiness differ by worldview and faith traditions, cultural contexts and individual characteristics.

I Shop Therefore I Am: Can Objects Make Us Happy?

Dylan Kendall | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dylan Kendall

Objects are instrumental accessories to our lives. They help us peel our fruit, brush our teeth, run our errands and wake us up. But can they make us happy?

Balanced Life -- Want Some Tools to Boost Happiness? Try the Happiness Project Toolbox

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

Today, instead of proposing one of my resolutions for your happiness project, I gathered six of my favorite resolutions from that section of the Toolbox: