How Facebook Learns While You Forget

The science behind social media nostalgia.

Dec 8

Categories: Empathy, Happiness

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Five Ways to Give Better Gifts (Backed by Science)

Buying gifts is often anxiety provoking. Psychologists who study gift-giving have identified why some gifts elicit joy, and others polite smiles.

Dec 3

Categories: Happiness

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How to Be Selfish

This isn’t a how-to guide for narcissists. They don’t need any pointers. This is for all the people who often feel like doormats.

Dec 2

Categories: Happiness, Self-Care / Self Compassion

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3 Ways Your Lunch Affects Your Brain

Our choice of meal affects not just our energy levels, but also our mood and concentration. For people dealing with mental health issues, a healthy diet can even be a path to lower reliance on medication and enhanced functionality. Here are three ...

Nov 26

Categories: Happiness, Health Psychology

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Economic Growth Can't Buy Happiness

It's often assumed that economic gains will lead to a corresponding boost in happiness, but science suggests that the relationship between economics and happiness is actually much more complicated. Research has shown that getting promotion or a ...

Oct 21

Categories: Happiness

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What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but ...

Oct 21

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues

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What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

This sentiment that passion and enthusiasm for work is important has become embedded in our culture. But, how do we find work that is meaningful?

Oct 14

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues

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A psychologist reveals 'the single biggest predictor of human ...

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically ...

Sep 25

Categories: Friendships, Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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Practice Being Grateful and Reap the Benefits

The benefits of gratitude are many and profound. Being grateful is shown to improve both physical and mental health, psychological wellbeing and attitude, and our relationships with others. Practicing gratitude has even been shown to rewire our ...

Jul 28

Categories: Happiness

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Smile at a party and people are more likely to remember seeing your ...

When you smile at a party, your facial expression is emotionally consistent with the happy context and as a consequence other guests will in future be more likely to remember that they've seen your face before, and where you were when they saw you. ...

Jul 9

Categories: Happiness

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How To Get Rid of Negative Thoughts

It’s one of the irritations of having a mind that sometimes it’s hard to get rid of negative thoughts. The most intuitive method to get rid of negative thoughts is trying to suppress them by pushing it out of our minds. Unfortunately, as many ...

Jul 8

Categories: Happiness

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This Obvious Happiness Strategy Really Does Work, Study Finds

Trying too hard to be happy can backfire, but study reveals a strategy that works. An approach to life called ‘prioritising positivity’ has been linked for the first time to increased well-being. Prioritising positivity is all about organising ...

Jul 6

Categories: Happiness

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Research Finds A New Way To Spread Happiness

It is well established that happiness can be spread through social interactions. Mimicry induced through hearing and vision are both able to spread happiness from person to person. While research has found smell is able to transfer negative ...

Jul 3

Categories: Happiness

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3 Reasons Not to Spend Your Money on Things

Science says buying new shoes won't make you happier, but a dinner out might.

Jul 1

Categories: Happiness

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The Three Most Basic Psychological Needs, and Why We Need to Satisfy ...

Are you aware that psychological need satisfaction is crucial to your well-being, and that it should be one of your biggest priorities? According to Self-determination theory, human beings have three basic psychological needs: a need for autonomy, ...

Jun 30

Categories: Happiness, Health Psychology

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