The Art of Happiness

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

Recent Posts on Happiness

Ridding Happiness Contaminants 1: Ego Anxiety

By Russell Grieger Ph.D. on September 04, 2015 in Happiness on Purpose
Anxiety cannot help but destroy one’s ability to be happy. Learn how to eliminate one form of anxiety, ego anxiety, and unconditionally accept oneself, and live a life free of anxiety.

Connectedness

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 04, 2015 in On Having Fun
It seems that regardless of what we connect to, it is this capacity to connect that brings us our deepest joy.

Are You Mentally Tough Enough?

Three ways you can develop 'sisu' to help you conquer those uncomfortable challenges.

17 Tips to September Love and Gratitude

By Rita Watson MPH on September 03, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
With glorious sunsets and a changing season, September is the time to cultivate gratitude and love.

How Many Types of Happiness Exist?

By Todd B Kashdan Ph.D. on September 03, 2015 in Curious?
Are the prevailing conceptions of happiness adequate or accurate? How many types of happiness are there? Some new data that is about to be published gives a few answers and raises a few questions. Be prepared to change some of your views on happiness.

24 Simple Phrases to Boost Your Happiness

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on September 03, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Character strengths use is connected to greater happiness. Many scientific studies have shown this. But, sometimes clarity is needed on what strengths are and how to use them. Here 24 strengths and phrases you can memorize that get at the essence of each universal quality.

Getting Along With Others: Parenting for Social Intelligence

Children and teens can experience social challenges at any point during the school year. Social context—including opportunities for interaction and collaboration with others—makes an enormous difference in what and how much children learn, and how quickly that happens. Here are eight practical tips for parents to help kids build positive relationships.

Emotions That Stimulate Student Learning and Growth

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 03, 2015 in The Pursuit of Peace
As Pixar's movie "Inside Out" demonstrates, and as decades of research reveals, specific emotions function in distinct ways. "Knowledge emotions" such as surprise, interest, confusion, and awe may be essential to encouraging students' learning, curiosity, exploration, and reflection this upcoming school year and beyond.

Be an ADHD World Changer

By Lara Honos-Webb Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in The Gift of ADHD
You can use feelings of shame or of being different to help you discover where your creative contributions lie.

How Predictable Are You?

By Piero Ferrucci on September 02, 2015 in Your Inner Will
We are wired to be surprising.

The Essence of Confidence

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Thicken Your Skin
Here's a perspective that can help you build confidence in yourself.

September is the Other January - Time for a New Start

By Gretchen Rubin on September 01, 2015 in The Happiness Project
Summer is over, and the fall brings fresh beginnings and new possibilities.

What's the Point if We Can't Have Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on September 01, 2015 in On Having Fun
"Why does the existence of action carried out for the sheer pleasure of acting, the exertion of powers for the sheer pleasure of exerting them, strike us as mysterious? What does it tell us about ourselves that we instinctively assume that it is?”

Could Your Twitter Use Reveal a Secret to Happiness?

Those who score high on happiness, have happier immediate neighbors in terms of Twitter interaction, than those who are two or three links away, whose good cheer declines the further away from a very happy person they are. Large sources of happiness on Twitter, also seemed to have more interactions with extended networks.

Dog-Gone It!

By Saul Levine M.D. on August 31, 2015 in Our Emotional Footprint
I went from being a dog-fearing man all my life, to a "higher level" of being.

Your Opportunity to Move

Dr. Segar, who directs the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan, extols the virtues of our innate opportunity to move through space or water at our own will and in our own way. Taking this concept to its logical completion we begin to understand the vast importance of her thinking.

For the Sake of the Children

By Mel Schwartz L.C.S.W. on August 31, 2015 in A Shift of Mind
Many people in unhappy or conflicted marriages stay together for the purported sake of the children. This article examines this premise and explores what's really best for our children.

3 Ways Your Beliefs Can Shape Your Reality

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on August 30, 2015 in In Love and War
Beliefs may not single-handedly determine your physical health, financial status, and chances at finding love, as some claim, but they are powerful nonetheless.

Are You a Feeler, Doer, or Thinker?

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on August 29, 2015 in Beyond Good and Evil
What no other words can tell me so clearly

The Crucial Factor in Making Real Change in Your Life

Disrupting just one unskillful behavior, for instance using silence to punish, or making critical, judgmental remarks, or being bossy by giving commands, can lead to a whole series of positive shifts.

Ten 5-Minute Ways to Get Organized

By Jennifer Haupt on August 29, 2015 in One True Thing
There's just never enough time to get everything on your to-do list done, let alone cut down on clutter and get organized. But what if you could actually squeeze more minutes into your day? Here's how stop wasting time, and organize your home and your life in manageable five minute increments.

There’s a Bright Side to Personality’s Dark Triad

We know that people high on psychopathy and related traits lurk in the “dark side” of personality, but what about its opposite? Having a “bright side” to your personality may sound positive, but it can create its own shadows in your life. See how you rate on these 13 typical qualities of the colorful (but still dark) personality.

The Story of Every Happy Family

By Scott Haas on August 29, 2015 in Shrink in the Kitchen
The story of every happy family is the same: Why dysfunction takes place, and how to be happy

The Burden of the Past

By Susan Hooper on August 28, 2015 in Detours and Tangents
I have been blessed with a good memory. But recently I decided to spend less time rummaging through my past and more time looking toward my future.

Distracted Living

Realize where your priorities lie and turn your undivided attention towards them to use all of your efforts and resources achieving things that make you feel proud and content. These seven tips can help you stop living distracted and add more value to the time you have!

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 28, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Body confidence, the most attractive aphrodisiac there is.

Happiness Happens

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 28, 2015 in On Having Fun
With happiness it is like with truth: One does not have it, one is in it.

7 New Books to Read This Fall

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in Give and Take
The best new reads on psychology

Reducing Our Children's Stress During The School Year

By Allison Carmen on August 26, 2015 in The Gift of Maybe
As our children are heading back to school, they may already appear a little more stressed. Within weeks of school starting, our children can become irritable, sleep less and you may notice things getting out of whack with family life at home. Here are six tips you can use to help reduce your child's stress so they can feel more balanced and get their work done.

How To Manage Situations and Emotions of Acute Stress

By Garth Sundem on August 26, 2015 in Brain Trust
The ability to keep stress in a productive “Goldilocks zone” depends less on what you have to deal with and more on how you deal with it. Here's how.