Happiness Essential Reads

Stop the Presses! Dog Owners Are Happier

New data looks at the impact that dog or cat ownership has on the mental well-being, happiness, and life satisfaction of people.

Happiness for Sad People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Modest mitigators of moroseness.

7 Tricks for Turning Mega-Threats into Micro-Triumphs

How do you convert big fat ominous threats into bite-sized micro-triumphs? Here are a few suggestions, based on some of the best applications of psychological research.

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Be More Successful

By Ryan Anderson on July 24, 2016 in The Mating Game
Are you wondering how to be successful? Greatness is within everyone. A few simple adjustments to your life can go a long way.

Do We Become Less Optimistic As We Grow Older?

Research shows that optimism declines with age, but not for older Americans.

Are Authentic People More Self-Interested?

Are authentic people more selfish, aggressive and out for themselves. Research suggests otherwise and that authenticity may actually be for the common good.

Are You Smiling?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Talking Apes
Most people are prisoners of their emotions. Take control of yours, and you’ll see more positive outcomes in your social exchanges.

How to Say What You Mean without Sounding Like You're Mean

In a time when opinions are key to almost any dialogue between people, you may wonder- what’s the best way to express yours? This simple approach will help you find your voice.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?

Unexpected Ways to Address the Obesity Epidemic

Free, simple and fun solutions may beat many years and billions of dollars of medical research

5 Ways to Get What You Want, on Your Terms

Always getting what you want is tempting, but also unrealistic. With some grit and goal-setting, you can get close.

The City Environment and Happiness Across the Lifespan

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Millions of people migrate every year from rural to urban areas. Recent research helps us understand how city environments influence happiness and health across the lifespan.

The Powerful Psychology Behind Cleanliness

Organization is a topic that's sweeping the internet. What is it about cleanliness that makes us feel so good? Here's a look at the science behind our need to be tidy.

Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible

Three ways science fiction is fast becoming science.

Paleo Reality

The Paleo movement may be controversial, but at its core, it’s dead-on. Here’s why.

5 Ways That Helping Others Is Self-Serving

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Recent research suggests that caring for others may be as important as caring for ourselves when we're feeling stressed.

What to Do in Your 30s to Be Happy in Your 50s

What can you do in your 20s and 30s to increase your chances of happiness later in life? Here are three key lessons from the real experts.
Harold Lloyd and Wesley Stout, An American Comedy / Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

The Perils of Pursuing Pleasure

Is your philosophy of happiness making you unhappy? See why it's important to put pleasure in its place.

8 Common Myths (and 1 Truth) About Intimacy in Relationships

Without your realizing it, your beliefs about intimacy may be based more on myth than reality.

Why Tuesdays Are More Inspiring Than Fridays

By Nick Tasler on July 05, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
We all want to be happy and inspired. But what if the pursuit of happiness blocks the arousal of inspiration?

4 Ways You Can Finally Establish Healthier Habits

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on June 29, 2016 in In Love and War
For a culture so obsessed with self-improvement, we’re not very good at it. But there is hope, if we change our approach.

A 2-Minute Exercise for Feeling Happier Where You Live

A simple exercise in positive thinking can change how you feel about your city.

Do Partners Owe Each Other Total Honesty and Openness?

The desire to share your emotions, experiences, and private thoughts is a normal part of a thriving and healthy relationship.

Buying Local Food Won't Save the Planet

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in The Human Beast
We are all concerned about the environment and about what life will be like for generations yet unborn. So the idea of local sourcing is becoming very popular.

Why Does Brain Training Make You Smarter?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Curious?
Lumosity, a brain game app, recently paid 2 million dollars to settle charges of deceptive advertising. People want to be smarter. But what do we know about brain games?

The Only Proven Way to Improve a Relationship

Evidence shows that this simple behavior makes people happier in their relationships.

What to Do When Your Life Is a Mess

When you feel like everything in your life is going wrong, follow these steps to gain control of your problems.

A Psychological Approach to Making America Great

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
What a Psychology Party's platform might look like.

Making Art Can De-Stress You—Even If You're Lousy at It

Making art may lower our stress hormone levels, a new study finds—no matter what skills we bring to the table.

The Thought Process That Ruins Relationships

It's fulfilling to feel secure in your intimate relationship, but the more you seek that fulfillment, the more problematic that relationship may become.