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Survey Reveals Big Happiness Gap Between Liberals, Conservatives

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.11.2014 | Science

Are your political beliefs making you miserable? And when it comes to being happy, who has it better--conservatives or liberals? It's complicated, ...

How To Create The Exact Life You Want

Forbes | Alyson Krueger | Posted 06.16.2014 | World

As a 20-something I spend time imaging the life I want. One day I’ll be able to afford a spacious loft in the city with outdoor space and huge windo...

How Rethinking Happiness Can Help Cure The 'Stress Pandemic'

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living

Generations after generations have been raised to believe that academic achievement and career success will bring them the happiness they seek in life...

Giving the Children What They Want

Bernadette Noll | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Bernadette Noll

The other day, I took my high schooler out for breakfast after all the others were tucked into their respective classrooms. As we sat at the table, I took out a notepad and asked if she was up for a little game called "What I really want is..."

What Your Emotional Health Has in Common With Cinderella

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

You can prioritize your emotional health as much as you do your physical and dental health. You can monitor your mood and self-esteem and take actions to boost them when they are low. And by doing these things, you can significantly boost your emotional wellness, your happiness and your overall life satisfaction.

Living With Purpose: The Key Ingredient to Meaningful Work

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

With autumn in the midst of causing the beautiful trees to shed its leaves, the temperature dropping and darkness settling in earlier at night, I find that people tend to go more inward and reflect upon where they are in life.

The True Cost Of A Financial Crisis

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

* Study sees falling life satisfaction in crisis-hit countries * Trust in government also in decline in wake of crisis ...

5 Surprising Habits Of Happy People

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Acquiring new habits isn't easy. But isn't it time we gave our emotional health the same tender loving care we typically afford our physical bodies?

5 Rules For A Happier Life

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living

What if there was a study dedicated to unearthing the secrets to a happy and purposeful life? It would have to be conducted over the course of many de...

We're Most Satisfied With Life At These Two Ages

Posted 07.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Our happiness in life goes in waves throughout the years, peaking when we're age 23, dipping down in the mid-50s, and peaking again when we're 69, acc...

Dr. Bob Deutsch: Unplug Your Auto-Pilot to Reduce Your Job Dissatisfaction

Bob Deutsch | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Bob Deutsch

In a flash, days turn into years, and years into half an expected life span. Too easily, we become separated from our own true nature. Overly-vigilant and responsive to the rapidity of external demands coming at us 24/7, we lose track of who we are internally. Our lives shrink.

Does Early Retirement Lead To Early Death?

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Fifty
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Many times throughout the years, I have observed anecdotally that people have a higher risk of mortality shortly after retirement. And there's even some empirical evidence of this.

The International Pessimist Club Has Surprisingly Few Members

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

Most people on the planet see the glass as half full, rather than half empty. That's according to a new analysis that my colleagues, Matt Gallagher an...

How Are Boomers Doing As Parents?

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Fifty
Jane Adams Ph.D.

'What have you been doing since graduation?' It's the kind of question you hear from former classmates who still look vaguely familiar, even if you haven't seen them in decades and have no idea who they are.

Do Sunny Days Make You Feel Good About Life?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

There are a few studies out there that also examine the relationship between weather and measures of well-being, including mood and overall life satisfaction.

What Should You Look For In Your Perfect Match?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Do opposites attract, as Paula Abdul once assured us in a pop song, or do you need to be similar on 19 dimensions of personality -- as eHarmony suggests -- to find the perfect match?

The Soul's Calling for a Place of Peace

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Peace is not a new pursuit. Whether it's personal peace of mind or a more global peace between nations, we are a species with a long history of wishing for it.

Satisfaction Guaranteed: The 4 Best Ways to Find -- and Keep -- Happiness

GAIAM TV | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
GAIAM TV

Happiness, or the lack thereof, lies at the root of what makes life meaningful. But figuring out what exactly constitutes happiness, especially in a culture like the Unites States that tends to conflate money with meaning, proves to be elusive.

Permission to Dream About Your Job

Laurie Gerber | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

The average American lifetime includes 90,000+ hours of work time. If you are not using those hours to live out a dream, you might be feeling a little disappointed, numb or fearful right now. I understand.

How To Keep Happiness From Fading

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

Why can't we make the happiness last? Psychologists (and renown happiness experts) Kennon Sheldon and Sonja Lyubomirsky argue in a recent paper that our hedonic adaption occurs for two reasons.

Why You Shouldn't Write Off Your Childhood Dreams (Even At 100!)

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Berman Fortgang

Nothing we ever dreamed of or did in the past is a waste or meant to be written off as a flight of fancy.

It's Easier To Get Over The Death Of A Spouse Than Long-Term Unemployment

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business

Stay unemployed long enough, and you don't just bounce back once a job rolls around. People who have been out of work a long time tend to be unhapp...

Can't Get No Satisfaction: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

Instead of panicking about a state you have not yet achieved, I urge you to live in the magic of the moment. Do not let thoughts about where you could have been, should have been, or need to be dominate your psyche.

How Does Divorce Affect Kids Outside The U.S.?

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 06.26.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Far too much of the research discussed in the American press focuses exclusively on studies that are done with American children.

Majority Of Americans Satisfied With Finances, But Economy Still Taking Toll

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

The majority of Americans say they're satisfied with their future prospects, but their feelings have dimmed since 1998, when the U.S. economy was stro...