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Happiness Study

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

upworthy.com | 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:

Happiness Is: Are Pet Owners Happier?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

According to statistics, people who have one or more pets in their homes lead happier lives, are considerably healthier, live longer and weigh less than those who don't.

Quiz: Are YOU the Annoying One?

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

We all see the world through our own eyes, and it can be hard to recognize how our words and actions appear to other people.

3 Tips for a Spectacular YOU, Oh Really?

Barbara Ficarra | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Ficarra

Think about the person who attracts you and who you want to be around. It's the person that's full of life, who is happy, grateful and who can always find kind words to say and share a smile.

Lunch Your Way To A Happier Day (VIDEO)

Everwell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Looking for a quick and easy happiness boost? Brook Bennis, M.D. recommends starting with your diet by trading lunches. Her suggestion: A tuna sandwic...

Scientist Inspired By Dalai Lama Studies Happiness

AP | By RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

MADISON, Wis. -- After hearing about his cutting-edge research on the brain and emotions through mutual friends, the Dalai Lama invited Richard Davids...

The Happiness Myth

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joan Z. Shore

So women are not as happy as they used to be. That's what Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers claim in their much-touted book, The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness.

What Doctors Don't Know About Marshmallows And Happiness

Tara Stiles | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tara Stiles

How long would you last resisting the marshmallow? That is the question asked in the "kid torture" video, a recreation of the study done in the 1960s at Stanford analyzing behavior, willpower, and success.

25 Reasons Life Sucks When You're Middle-Aged

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pamela Redmond Satran

Of course young people are happy, and old people are happy too. The unhappiest group, according to a new Gallup poll, is 45 to 64-year-olds. Why are the middle years so glum?

Six Steps On the Easy Road to Unlimited Happiness

Todd Bottorff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Todd Bottorff

The biggest impact on our happiness begins with the difference between thinking about it and doing something (which is a step that most people never take).