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

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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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Maximize Happiness by Planning Your Time Wisely

Happiness just can't be forced. Studies have shown that trying to feel happier in a given moment backfires, actually making people feel worse. And simply paying attention to one's level of happiness tends to make the glass look half-empty. So how ...

Jun 29

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Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More ...

A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness. This finding suggests that while money can’t buy us happiness, it can make us less sad, most plausibly ...

Jun 24

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The Joy of Scents

"By being a guy's best first move … Axe is designed to keep guys a step ahead in the dating game," boasts Unilever, the company that sells Axe products. Of course, if you don't happen to be a gullible 13-year-old boy, you probably don't believe ...

May 5

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Swisses top World Happiness Report 2015 Ranks

Since it was first published in 2012, the World Happiness Report demonstrated that well-being and happiness are critical indicators of a nation's economic and social development, and should be a key aim of policy. This year's report looks at the ...

Apr 28

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Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.

Mar 24

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The Creative Life and Well-Being

In recent years, psychologists have taken a deeper look at well-being. The traditional approach to well-being focuses on hedonic pleasures and positive emotions. However, while positive emotions often accompany happiness, the mere experience of ...

Mar 18

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Can Money Buy Us Happiness?

Money can't buy you happiness, goes the generally accepted wisdom that was probably made up by someone poor, who wanted to bring his rich friends down a few notches. Some scientific studies have agreed with that sentiment, while others have ...

Mar 12

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Jokey team meetings are more productive, as long as people laugh along

Science suggests a funnier workplace should be a more effective one, encouraging positive mood and a playful, open approach. But much of the evidence to date rests on theoretical argument or lab experiments. Now a new study of genuine team meetings ...

Feb 21

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues

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Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom. Among other questions, he asked these oldest Americans what ...

Feb 17

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The Value of Remembering Ordinary Moments

"They(people) choose to forgo opportunities to document experiences in the present," Zhang writes, "only to find themselves wanting to retrieve those records in the future."

Feb 4

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Techniques for a clear and happy mind

On an average day we have around 50,000 thoughts and 12,000 internal conversations. A busy mind can be detrimental to your happiness. It leads to clutter, mistakes being made and opportunities being lost, not to mention stressed individuals with a ...

Jan 27

Categories: Happiness, Mindfulness

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5 Reasons Giving Thanks Can Improve Your Life

If you're older than 9, it's hard to resist the urge to roll your eyes when someone at the Thanksgiving table suggests, "Let's all go around the room and share what we're thankful for!" It's a pretty corny holiday ritual you mostly do to keep your ...

Dec 17

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