Are you a "seeker"—someone who's always been interested in happiness? Have you wondered about what it would take to sustain happiness? Are you curious about the true and the fake determinants of happiness? If so, you may be in luck!
Easy access to online information and the growth of online brokers presents great opportunities for investors, but it also presents some threats. The article explores the danger posed by the tendency to selectively seek and weight confirmatory information, and presents some tips to avoid the "allure of homophily."
Even at a time when weight-gain and obesity are becoming increasingly prevalent, numerous kids are subject to the nasty habit of being force-fed by their parents. In this article, I examine some of the negative side effects of being force-fed and how parents can get rid of this nasty habit.
Most people believe that managing expectations is a good way of maintaining high levels of happiness. However, the strategy is not without its pitfalls. In this article, I offer another — more effective — strategy for enhancing happiness.
All of us recognize that, to feel happy, it is important to feel loved and nurtured. But few of us realize that we have just as deep a desire to love and take care of others. In this article, I explore some reasons why the need to love is such a powerful determinant of happiness and offer some tips on pursuing this noble need.
The thoughts of which most of us are aware tend to be positive. For example, we believe that we are more talented than our peers, that we have a rosy future, and that we are in control of our life. However, my colleagues and I are finding that our sub-conscious thoughts--which could be referred to as our "mental chatter"--tends to be negative. What underlies this discrepan
Research on happiness reveals that many of us are not as happy as we could be because we chase the superficial things in life—prestigious brands, wealth, beauty, etc.—more than we should. In this article, I discuss some subtleties involved in overcoming the lure of the superficial things in life.
Most of us lead such hectic and busy lives that we constantly feel rushed and out of time. Yet, to be happy—and successful—we need to perceive that we have time on our hands to do the things we need and want to do. This article explores the connection between time and happiness, and suggests some ways of slowing down your perception of time.
Would you be willing to trade your current life for one in which you were deluded into believing that you were happy all the time? Many people say "No," and this response has been inferred as proof that people don't merely want to be happy--they want to be happy for the right reasons. However, for reasons I explain in this article, I disagree with this conclusion.
In goading us to achieve riches, power, and fame—the conventional yardsticks of success— while simultaneously admonishing us to behave ethically, society wants to have it both ways. If we are to change society for good, we need to understand how the pressure to succeed results in unethical behavior.
We often feel inspired by success stories, and most of us view the feeling of inspiration as a good, even noble, feeling. But underlying the feeling of inspiration may be a subversive desire of self-aggrandizement—a desire that is more likely to lead to misery than to happiness.
Findings from psychology and neurosciences provide convincing evidence that free will is an illusion. A question that naturally follows is: If free will is an illusion, what are the implications? How should we think or act differently? This article explores this question.
To focus on enhancing present happiness at the cost of future happiness or vice versa? That's the fundamental human dilemma. Conventional solutions to the dilemma involve identifying and then investing in activities that have best potential for enhancing both present and future happiness. However, there's another—less obvious, but more potent—solution to the dilemma.
Although the saying, "familiarity breeds contempt," suggests that we learn to dislike familiar stimuli, scientific results suggest the opposite: we develop greater liking toward familiar stimuli. A simple and effective means of deriving greater enjoyment from life, then, is to familiarize ourselves with various stimuli--from foods and music to activities and viewpoints.
Taking personal responsbility is a crucial milestone in the quest for happiness. However, willingness to take personal responsibility is alone not sufficient for enhancing happiness--it needs to be combined with mental control, and the ability to surrender.
One reason why many of us aren't as happy as we could be is because we feel we don't deserve to be happy. But findings show that we are more selfless and less selfish when we are happy than when are unhappy. So, at least for everyone else's sake, don't stop yourself from being as happy as you can be!