Happiness Essential Reads

The New Ambivalence for Warm Weather

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
We may be bearing witness to the dawning of a new human experience, one in which we both enjoy unseasonable warmth and also feel something may be wrong with the climate.

Surprising Advice for a Happier and More Meaningful Life

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Happy Trails
Ask yourself this one question.

Inspirational Quotes from the 45 U.S. Presidents

Need a dose of inspiration? Here are quotes from the 45 U.S. presidents to motivate and encourage you.

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.

What Does It Take to Be Truly Happy?

By Joshua Knobe on February 13, 2017 in Experiments in Philosophy
Ever wonder what it means to be truly happy? New research suggests there may be more to it than just feeling good.

How to Free Yourself from What You "Should"​ Be Doing

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Adaptation
Is compliance stifling your passion? It may be time to make a change.

How “Wanting to Be Liked" Gets You Rejected

5 ways to stop approval seeking and improve your relationships.

What Your ZIP Code Says About You

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 09, 2017 in Talking Apes
Where you lives tells a lot about what kind of person you are.

How Does Gratitude Enhance Trust?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in Curious?
New research on how a weekly gratitude intervention influences monetary decisions, physiological responses, and emotional experiences during a decision to trust a stranger.

Jonathan Friesen: The Power of Unconditional Positive Regard

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Jonathan Friesen knows the power of unconditional positive regard. Throughout his life, Friesen has suffered from both Tourette’s syndrome and epilepsy...

Truth Is Like Poetry and Most People Hate Poetry

By Maggie Rowe on January 22, 2017 in Sin Bravely
Why do we misread The Road Not Taken? Can we not handle the truth?

8 Ways to Find Inspiration When You Need It Most

There are times in life when we could all use some inspiration. New research provides 8 tips to help you move and motivate yourself.

A New Scandinavian Buzzword Offers Advice for a Happier Life

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on January 16, 2017 in Happy Trails
Learn why the Swedish concept of lagom may just be this year’s big happiness trend.

Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness, but Power Might

By Sarah C. Newcomb Ph.D. on January 13, 2017 in Loaded
A sense of personal power, not money itself, may be the key to peace, joy, pride, and satisfaction in our financial lives.
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Learn to Live Without Suffering

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Our lives have ups and downs, and daily activities cause us pain—but we can stop the pain with practice. Respond to pain in a mindful way that prevents needless suffering!

Is It True That Single Women and Married Men Do Best?

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 11, 2017 in Living Single
Are women really better off being single and men better off when they're married?

A Happier You in 2017

By Robert Cialdini Ph.D. on January 10, 2017 in Pre-Suasion
And the small joys of life.

Immigration and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on January 09, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
As the immigrant population continues to grow, we must strike a balance between securing U.S. citizens and considering repercussions of mass deportation on children.

Maintaining Friendships Across the Lifespan

What can an annual hiking trip among a group of New England fraternity guys teach us about life? You might be surprised.

Your New Year’s Resolution, Eight Days Later

As the new year comes rolling in, making our resolutions from the truth of our inner knowing, the heart centered New year's Resolutions, will turn us towards a deeper Truth.

Making Sure the Empty Nest Doesn't Turn Into an Empty Heart

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in Social Lights
13 ways to rejuvenate your marriage

Are Psychopaths Happy?

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on January 07, 2017 in The Happiness Doctor
Psychopaths tend to get what they want and feel no remorse. However, they have superficial relationships characterized by lies and manipulation. So are they happy?
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What Does Mindfulness Have to Do With Intimacy?

Mindfulness can help our relationships by connecting us with what lives most deeply within ourselves.

Mental Meteorology & Mindfulness

Long past the time for problem solving or learning from experience, rumination and other patterns may amplify stress. Thinking can be the problem, not the solution sometimes.

Don’t Waste Your Time Making New Year’s Resolutions

By Erin Olivo Ph.D. on January 01, 2017 in Wise Mind Living
If you want to make changes that stick, try these two strategies.

Why Some People Are Reluctant to Be Self-Compassionate

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in In Love and War
Does the idea of treating yourself with kindness make you feel uncomfortable? A recent study sheds light on why that might be.

Marriage vs. Single Life: There’s No Contest

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 30, 2016 in Living Single
What science says – and doesn’t say – about whether you should stay single or get married.

4 Ways Feuding Couples Can Kiss and Make Up

Conflicts are an inherent part of any long-term relationship. New research helps us understand how to put that conflict behind you.

7 Ways to Deal With a Grudge Holder

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on December 27, 2016 in Off the Couch
What can you do when you’re the target of a "grudgemeister’s" sometimes silent, but unmistakable wrath?

Why Gratitude Is So Hard

By Neel Burton M.D. on December 24, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Gratitude has many benefits, but is hard to cultivate.