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

Holiday Bullies: The Dangers of Overindulging Your Kids

Buying too many gifts for your kids during the holiday? Here's why you want to stop.

The Holidays and Cognitive Dissonance

Merry shmerry. Six Ways To Survive Until January 2nd.

Self Awareness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 A Sideways View
Much of counselling and coaching, as well as education and therapy is about increasing self awareness. It is argued that self awareness and understanding is essential for happiness, health and well being. So how do you acquire it or increase it?

Patients with Misophonia Require Help and Understanding

Sufferers cannot tolerate certain sounds, and avoidance leads to social isolation.

Graduate School and Mental Illness: Is There a Link?

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 In Love and War
Few people go to graduate school thinking it will be a walk in the park. But many find that it involves a lot more stress than they bargained for, and this can take a toll on mental health.

Another Frantic Holiday Season?

Is the holiday season wearing you down? How to find more flow and less stress.

Stay In or Go Out? A Bigger Question Than You Might Think

Life often requires us to choose between the familiar and the unknown, and no one wants to look back with regret. How much security is enough, and what might it be costing you?

Choose Gratitude Your Own Way for Good

The holiday season can seem like both the best of times and the worst of times. Don't just cope effectively with holiday stress, take advantage of the season to achieve your best life by choosing gratitude today and everyday and doing it in your own way.

5 Ways Mentally Strong People Overcome Rejection

Learning how to bounce back after rejection could be the key to reaching your greatest potential.

Seven Simple Ways to Fight the Holiday Blues

By Jennifer Haupt on November 25, 2015 One True Thing
During this season of giving, it's often the small gifts and everyday gestures of kindness that matter most. Here are 7 low or no-cost ways to help you find your holiday spirit.

The Daily Gratitude List

By William Irwin Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 It’s Your Choice
My gratitude list started for me as a cure for self-pity, but it has now become a matter of prevention for all kind of negative thoughts and feelings.

4 New and Helpful Insights on Gratitude

Gratitude is easy to apply and brings nice benefits. If you relate to gratitude practice then you'll want to see these 4 new findings. If you don't relate to gratitude, check out what you can prioritize instead.

What Do You Need This Holiday Season?

The holidays don't have to be stressful. A few mindset shifts can go a long way.

Assessing Your Work and Life Balance

By Steve Sisgold on November 24, 2015 Life in a Body
Nothing is as close to us as our body, ...about which we know so little.

6 Tips for Avoiding Family Drama

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Friendship 2.0
The holidays are upon us—and every year, family tensions can cause more indigestion than that lumpy gravy. Here are six concrete steps to take in preparation for holiday drama, to help you banish stress and increase your enjoyment of the day.

What’s the Best Way to React to an Insult?

Insults live at the bottom of the scale of socially appropriate behavior. Because our first tendency is to be polite, especially with people we don’t know very well, it’s not always clear whether to respond in kind or turn the other cheek. Here’s some guidance for how to handle these confusing situations.

I Can Barely Say a Word

By Gretchen Rubin on November 24, 2015 The Happiness Project
Have you ever lost your voice? How did the silence and the listening affect you?

What Do Others Give You?

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Your Wise Brain
Say Thanks - it's a small moment with big ripples: a confirmation of a wonderful truth - that we are all joined in a web of innumerable acts of giving.

Those Who Are Not Grateful...

By Gretchen Rubin on November 24, 2015 The Happiness Project
A great reminder to stop and take a moment to be thankful.

The Passions of Peter Muller: Math and Music

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Brick by Brick
Peter Muller explains the importance of following our passions.

Cooking Up More Gratitude This Thanksgiving

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Happy Trails
Feeling grateful isn't always easy.

In Praise of Seriousness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 How To Do Life
Upbeat is overrated.

Will an Optimist Win the Election?

Studies have shown that optimistic leaders are perceived to be more effective, and happier people are even judged to be more likely to go to Heaven. But wouldn’t it be nice if psychological scientists could analyze the positivity of presidential candidates and relate it to the outcomes of actual elections? As luck would have it, two U Penn researchers already have.

When is Depression Not Depression? Part 2

Being discouraged is a state that sounds like depression, but the causes are so different.

We Need a National Anti-Loneliness Campaign for the Holidays

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
The holidays can be an acutely lonely period for millions of people. Here's what you can do about it:

Playfulness Is a Spiritual Practice

By Bernard L. De Koven on November 23, 2015 On Having Fun
Being playful, the very understanding of the purpose of games is redefined. Games are no longer about winning or even about cooperating. They are all and only about celebrating our capacity for having fun together.

The 6 Things We All Need to Be Thankful For

From an evolutionary perspective, gratitude is a significant social emotion. It drives us to connect with others - and it works to remind us of the fact that we are always part of something larger than ourselves. Here is a list of 6 things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving (and all other days of the year as well).

How Gratitude Leads to a Happier Life

Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits in terms of our health, happiness, satisfaction with life and the way we relate to others. It goes hand in hand with mindfulness in its focus on the present and appreciating what we have now, rather than wanting more and more. Learn research-based strategies to be more grateful.

Beauty and Fear: Thanksgiving From a Different Perspective

The act of giving can be enhanced when you give from a cup that runneth over, from knowing the true nature of inner beauty. Looking at Thanksgiving from a different perspective.

The End of Rural Communities: Why Young People Leave

Research shows that young people prefer to remain in their rural communities if they have access to education and employment opportunities. It will take governments and the private sector to build resilient rural spaces that stop out-migration.