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The Pursuit of Happiness

Year in Review

Phu Nguyen | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

I met a wonderful woman this week who has been married for 58 years and her advice to me in life and love was, "Make the most of the good things and the least of the bad things." This is now my plan for 30 and beyond. Cheers

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 Get Emotionally Fit

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
MeiMei Fox

In her new book Emotional Obesity, Laura Coe argues that our culture teaches us from a young age to "get over" our feelings. The result is that we end up carrying their excess weight around with us throughout our lives.

We Need To Think About Happiness Differently -- Here's How To Do It

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Rudell Beach

Though we're obsessed with pursuing happiness, many experts would tell us that our very pursuit is what sabotages our efforts to find it.

Study Reveals Surprising Link Between Age And Happiness

Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty

Besides basic survival, the pursuit of happiness is what consumes almost everyone, young and old. But what is happiness and how does our idea of it ch...

Kathleen Buckstaff: Secrets of Happiness

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Kathleen Buckstaff

It was reunion weekend at Stanford University. The opening talk was a roundtable discussion held in the basketball arena. Katie Couric was the host, a...

5 Questions About Happiness Science Can't Answer

Britt Reints | Posted 10.15.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Britt Reints

Your personal definition of happiness has more to do with your values and personality than a description penned by a philosopher or author, as will the type of happiness that you decide to focus on.

How the 'Me, Me, Me' Generation Has Freed Purpose

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 07.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Simone N. Sneed

In many of the recent articles on millennials, there is a critical narrative that has emerged and has lead to what I believe is the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, and that narrative is about purpose.

On Discovering Your Versions Of Happy

Maggie Lyon | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Given how much time I spend wandering around consumed by how stellar life will be once I lose the last five pregnancy pounds, get my book written, get the baby to sleep through the night, that to realize quite suddenly that I am happy right now is miraculous. It stops me in my tracks.

How the Pursuit of Happiness Makes Us Crazy

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 11.28.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

We have tied ourselves up in knots of late by using happiness as the barometer of who we are, what we are and what we're doing.

Be Happy Or Else: The American Refusal To Deal With Suffering

Judith Acosta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

What is unique to modern America is that our hopefulness comes with a price tag that no other culture has ever been willing to pay. It comes at the expense of reality and the medium of exchange is our spirit.