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

What If Money Can Buy Happiness?

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 Mental Mishaps
Money can’t buy happiness and it can’t buy love. But what if it’s a myth. What if there are ways in which your money can make you happy?

Forgiveness: What Beyoncé Got Right, According to Science

Forgiveness is an act of love, strength and a gift from which no one benefits more than ourselves.

5 Simple Ways to Turn Around a Bad Mood Fast

Learn how to control your emotions so your emotions don't control you.

Spring Cleaning For Your Career: A Career Checklist

By Suzanne Gelb PhD JD on April 28, 2016 All Grown Up
Are you feeling satisfied in your career, working productively, and moving in a direction that feels right for you…? A mental spring cleaning can be helpful.

Your Emotions at Work

Your emotions don't just turn off when you turn your car into the commuter lot. How you handle workplace emotions can impact your enjoyment and productivity.

A Noble Sadness: The Benefits of Sorrow

What are the benefits of sadness, sorrow and grief? We tend to shy away from these emotions, because they make us feel vulnerable. But could sadness lead to love and belonging?

The Mindful Pause: How to Help Others

The very popular and short exercise called "the mindful pause" integrates character strengths & mindfulness. This post delves into its use by practitioners. Learn several examples.

The Selfishness of Altruism

Altruism feels good because it stimulates dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. In our quest for good feelings, we don't always monitor the results of our altruistic gestures.

Green It Is!

Green up your life. It'll be good for your body and your mind.

When Depression Visits and Stays

What happens when depression comes and it seems that there is nothing you can do to make it leave? Here is a personal experience of dealing with an unwanted guest – Mr. D.

The Bright Side Of Being Cheated On, Dumped & Replaced

By Garth Sundem on April 27, 2016 Brain Trust
Study of 5,705 women in 96 countries shows that women who are cheated on win in the long run.

The Internet Suicide Minefield

What makes some young people vulnerable to pro-suicide messages online? A new research study provides answers.

Ordinary Moments

Perfection comes wrapped in imperfection.

Can an Introvert Ever Change?

If you’re an introvert and wish you weren’t, this new research will show you how to change. All it takes is determination and a specific plan of action.

10 Tips to Emotionally Engage Your Partner

Miscommunication damages relationships. Whether it’s from a lack of understanding or something misspoken, you can use your emotions to help you heal.

Is Being a Control Freak Ruining Your Happiness?

Being overly controlling of others is neither good for your happiness nor for your success. Here's how you can overcome this self-defeating tendency.

The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 Feeling It
Children of Empathic Parents Thrive. Parents Don't. Here's What You Can Do.

Do Changes in Income Affect Life Satisfaction?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 26, 2016 Ulterior Motives
When I was first starting my career, I used to daydream sometimes about making more money. Like many other people, I assumed that would make me happy.

Here's How Rewarding Good Behavior Leads to Bad Behavior

By Garth Sundem on April 26, 2016 Brain Trust
Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone of parenting. Unfortunately, a new study shows it can have the opposite effect.

Awaken to the Joy You’ve Been Mindlessly Chasing

By celebrating all that you bring to the world, the world is in a much better position to begin celebrating with you!

23 Everyday Ways to Say “I Love You”

By Jennifer Haupt on April 25, 2016 One True Thing
We all appreciate a bit of bling every once in awhile, but it’s the everyday actions and romantic gestures that really add up to long-lasting love.

Why We Like Being Appreciated

We all likening appreciated, but what is it about receiving gratitude that touches us? This article explores five things about gratitude that warms our heart and lifts our spirits.

The Mind’s News Station

Our ego acts a lot like the news.

Identifying With the “No-Self”

We suffer because we identify with ourselves.

The Best Mindfulness Exercise Most People Don’t Know

Do you use the mindful pause? People are reporting it helps them improve their mindfulness and bring out the best in them. See several examples here.

Do We Really Practice Yoga in the West?

What kind of yoga do we practice in the West? Is it a physical exercise or the original spiritual practice?

If I Know What I Need to Do, Why Can’t I Just Do It?

While the desire for change is something that we are aware of, there is a counter desire that we may not be aware of to prevent change, regardless of what it is.

Why You Should Talk to Strangers

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on April 21, 2016 Happy Trails
Be brave! Branching out and taking social risks promotes happiness.

How Are You?

Why do we hide our true selves from one another?

Mindfulness in the Museum

Can we look at paintings the way we watch TV?