The Art of Happiness

Research on how to increase positive moods and capitalize on your strengths has proliferated, thanks to the positive psychology movement. This research has shed light on ongoing insights into personality, mood, and cognition. Though not everyone is born with a sunny disposition, experts do agree we can all learn how to bring more meaning and satisfaction into our lives.

Recent posts on Happiness

Get Cozy!

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in Happy Trails
Winter doesn't have to be something we grimly endure. Learn to love it!

Crush Holiday Stress: Have a Better Than Perfect Holiday

Want to crush the stress of the holidays? Here's how to have a better than perfect holiday season!
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Wanting Is a Trap

So are you telling me to stop wanting?
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Redefining the Extraordinary Life

By John Kim, LMFT on December 02, 2016 in The Angry Therapist
How do you define an extraordinary life?

Top Tips for Festive-Season Survival

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
These tips will help you get through the holidays.

Play, Health, Safety, and Community

By Bernard L. De Koven on December 02, 2016 in On Having Fun
The healthier the community is and the safer it is, the more the whole community plays, even the adults.

Happier Holidays: 10 Ways to Increase Your Seasonal Joy

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in The Happiness Doctor
Happy Holidays? Here are 10 science-based ways to increase your happiness over the holidays.

Establishing Your Retirement Number

By Michael F. Kay on December 01, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"Look, I don't want to get all complicated. I just want to know how much we need in order to retire."

Use Holidays to Boost Your Relationship, Not Stress It Out

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Here are some research-based ways people can not just protect a partnership from holiday stress, but also use the holidays to make it even stronger.

13 Amazing Books to Devour

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Curious?
The top 9 non-fiction and 4 fiction books off the beaten path that I digested this year.

Where Does Happiness Come from, Mommy?

Here are 7 ideas for helping your child find more smiles and laughter in their life, and experience year-round the happiness, wonder, and magic we associate with this time of year.

Helen Keller and the First Akitas in the United States

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on November 30, 2016 in Canine Corner
Helen Keller, the deaf blind social activist, speaker, and author, is credited with bringing the first Akitas to America.

Searching for Equilibrium

By Susan Hooper on November 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
I moved to a new home just before the presidential election. Both events knocked me off kilter, and I am still trying to regain my balance.

Hire Emotionally Intelligent People

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
It is not difficult to spot those who are, or are not, emotionally intelligent. Certainly emotional intelligence is a high benefit in the work place for all concerned

Happiness Without Sadness Has No Meaning

The intensity of happiness can only be measured by the intensity of sadness.

How to Remain Optimistic Through Change

Are you feeling overwhelmed with the change that's happening in your world? Use optimism to transform your overwhelm into confidence.

Not Trusting the Happy

One reader asks if it is possible to be happy as a secondary in a polyamorous relationship. Dr Eli says go for it -- with two cautions.

This Holiday Season, Choose What You're Going to Savor

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Joyful Parenting
Research suggests that the effects are different when you just do something versus when you savor that something.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."
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Putting a Smile on Your Face

If you are tired of being down and dragging yourself through the day, try one of these 6 things to increase your happiness.

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

Lose Your Phone, Find Your Body

By Emily T. Troscianko on November 27, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
As technology helps us live more and more distractedly, it becomes both more important and less likely for us to engage positively with our bodies, as subjects not objects.

Do These Two Things to Feel Much Happier

If you want to truly feel happier doing these two things will help you right away!

You Don't Really Know Yourself

By Robert Firestone Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in The Human Experience
For the most part, people are unaware that their lives are controlled and regulated by negative attitudes toward themselves that represent a basic aspect of their identity

Instead of “Job Creation,” How About Less Work?

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Freedom to Learn
If we could solve the distribution problem, we could create a world in which we all worked much less and played much more. Is that a world to be desired? Yes!!

Is Your Past Controlling Your Life?

By Lisa Firestone Ph.D. on November 25, 2016 in Compassion Matters
Many patterns we develop in our past shape how we act and react in the present. So, what are the ways we get stuck in the past and relive rather than live our lives?
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Interfaith Holidays and Conflict Resolution

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on November 25, 2016 in Off the Couch
A rise in interfaith marriages has led to greater confusion about how to celebrate the holidays, and greater family tensions than ever before. How can you manage the differences?

An Uneventful Thanksgiving Trip

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Thoughts on your next long-distance family get-together.

Thanks for The Small Stuff: It Makes a Big Difference

Eye-contact and a smile. That's human contact at its most basic—something for which we should all be grateful.
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The Evolution of Humor: From Grunts to Poop Jokes

By Christopher A. Robert Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Humor at Work
The human capacity for humor distinguishes our species from others. Humor is the result of millions of years of evolution.