Perceived control over setbacks promotes persistence

What makes people decide whether to persist or to give up on their goals in the face of setbacks? New research published online in the Cell Press journal Neuron reveals that when people perceive themselves as having control over the setbacks they ...

Sep 9

Categories: Adult psychological development, Happiness, Self-Confidence, ...

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Everyday experiences may bring us unexpected joy in the future

Doing the housework or chatting with a work colleague over lunch are unlikely to be events you go out of your way to capture as a memory. But a new study suggests such everyday experiences that we overlook may bring us pleasure in the future.

Sep 8

Categories: Happiness

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Reacting to Personal Setbacks: Do You Bounce Back or Give Up?

Rutgers researchers find the ability to persist may depend on how the news is delivered.

Sep 6

Categories: Happiness, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem, Self-Love

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Older adults who volunteer are more likely to be happier and ...

Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling - they are receiving a health boost!

Sep 4

Categories: Adult psychological development, Happiness, Health / Illness / ...

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Deep and meaningful relationships can help you thrive

Deep and meaningful relationships play a vital role in overall well-being. Past research has shown that individuals with supportive and rewarding relationships have better mental health, higher levels of subjective well-being and lower rates of ...

Sep 3

Categories: Adult psychological development, Happiness, Relationships & ...

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Making new friends through expressions of gratitude

Parents have long told their children to mind their Ps and Qs, and remember to say thank you. Now the evidence is in on why it matters.

Sep 3

Categories: Friendships, Happiness

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Plants in offices make workers happier, more productive

Staff working in offices designed to be lean and devoid of greenery, are happier and more productive when those environments are enriched with plants, say researchers who conducted the largest field study of its kind.

Sep 2

Categories: Adult psychological development, Happiness, Workplace Issues

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A Tiny Good Deed Can Go a Long Way

You already know the "secret" to happiness: Do something nice for someone else. Now, some new research takes that idea one step further, finding that getting more specific about the random act of kindness you're planning can actually end up making ...

Aug 27

Categories: Happiness

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Could relationship history hinder your chance of a happy marriage?

"There are plenty more fish in the sea" - a saying that many of us may have heard, particularly when coming out of a relationship. But a new study finds that the more fish we catch, the less likely we are to end up in a happy marriage.

Aug 25

Categories: Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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We're happier when we chat to strangers, but our instinct is to ...

It's become a truism that humans are "social animals". And yet, you've probably noticed - people on public transport or in waiting rooms seem to do everything they can not to interact. On the London tube there's an unwritten rule not to even look at ...

Aug 16

Categories: Happiness, Social Anxiety / Phobia

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The Chemistry of Love

Larry J. Young, Director, Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, Emory University explores the chemistry in the brain that ...

Aug 15

Categories: Happiness, Relationships & Marriage

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Will losing weight really make you happier?

Although physical health is significantly improved by weight loss, the effects of losing weight on mental health are less clear, according to a new study by University College London researchers in the UK.

Aug 11

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Depression, Happiness

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Why everyone should take vacation

What if taking vacation not only made you healthier and happier, as a number of studies have shown, but everyone around you? And what if everybody took vacation at the same time? Would life be better, not just for you, but for the entire society?

Aug 9

Categories: Happiness, Stress Management

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'Experiential products' provide same happiness boost as experiences

Material items designed to create or enhance an experience, also known as "experiential products," can make shoppers just as happy as life experiences, according to new research from San Francisco State University.

Jul 25

Categories: Happiness

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How to be Happy by Giving to Others

The Declaration of Independence proclaims that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right. Indeed, happiness is a universal human yearning- people of all ages, genders, shapes, and sizes want to be happy. And humans have shown themselves to be ...

Jul 10

Categories: Happiness

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