Beyond dopamine: New reward circuitry discovered

The key to overcoming addictions and psychiatric disorders lives deep inside the netherworld of our brains and the circuitry that causes us to feel good. Just like space, this region of the brain needs more exploration. The oldest and most known ...

Sep 6

Categories: Happiness

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Think leisure is a waste? That may not bode well for your mental ...

Feeling like leisure is wasteful and unproductive may lead to less happiness and higher levels of stress and depression, new research suggests.

Aug 27

Categories: Happiness

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'Feel Good' Brain Messenger Can Be Willfully Controlled, New Study ...

From the thrill of hearing an ice cream truck approaching to the spikes of pleasure while sipping a fine wine, the neurological messenger known as dopamine has been popularly described as the brain's "feel good" chemical related to reward and ...

Jul 26

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Happiness

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Good Time Management Seems To Have A Bigger Impact On Wellbeing Than ...

As our lives have become busier, desire to do things quickly and efficiently has grown - something the rise of speed reading apps, lack of break-taking at work, and a general focus on "productivity" has shown. Good time management skills, therefore, ...

Apr 16

Categories: Happiness, Workplace Issues

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Don't let the small stuff get you down

A new study led by University of Miami psychologists suggests that the longer negativity lingers in your brain, the unhappier you may be.

Mar 23

Categories: Happiness

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Happy childhood? That's no guarantee for good mental health

It's well understood that a difficult childhood can increase the likelihood of mental illness, but according to new research from the University of South Australia, a happy and secure childhood does not always protect a child from developing a ...

Feb 20

Categories: Child Development, Happiness

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Money matters to happiness - perhaps more than previously thought

Research from Wharton's Matthew Killingsworth shows that contrary to previous influential work, there's no dollar-value plateau at which money's importance lessens. One potential reason: Higher earners feel an increased sense of control over life.

Jan 22

Categories: Happiness

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Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology

All kinds of ideas have been put forward for why and how music came to matter so much to us. But what's abundantly clear is that it does matter; there isn't a society out there that doesn't make and listen to music. And new research is now revealing ...

Aug 26

Categories: Happiness

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Small Pleasures Are Just As Important For Our Wellbeing As Long-Term ...

When it comes to leading a happy and fulfilled life, many of us focus on long-term goals: what job we want, whether or not we want children, or how to reach a certain level of skill at a particular hobby or interest. There's a reason so much ...

Aug 19

Categories: Happiness

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When you’re smiling, the whole world really does smile with you

From Sinatra to Katy Perry, celebrities have long sung about the power of a smile - how it picks you up, changes your outlook, and generally makes you feel better. But is it all smoke and mirrors, or is there a scientific backing to the claim?

Aug 18

Categories: Happiness

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Self-Compassion leads to Happiness

This article talks about how being compassionate towards the self, alleviates chronic pain and eventually encourages activeness and a happier life.

Oct 19

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Chronic Pain, Happiness, ...

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Social Interactions affect Happiness

Human interaction makes us happy. We are born with the need to feel a sense of belonging and enjoy the company of others. This article talks about how social interactions affect happiness and the types of social interactions that make people the ...

Oct 2

Categories: Happiness, Health Psychology, Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

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The Paradox of Happiness

Happiness is a ‘popular’ trend these days. From the greater attention paid to doing the things that you enjoy to the increased emphasis on “living your best life”, happiness is the one hot commodity that everyone is gearing towards. But what ...

Oct 1

Categories: Happiness, Self help groups, Self-Care / Self Compassion, Self-Love

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Relationship between Age and Emotions

This article explains the reason behind why people of different ages feel a certain way. Ageing and before-death situations are also said to have an impact on one’s emotional well-being.

Sep 14

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Aging & Geriatric Issues, ...

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The Beauty of Gratitude

Having a generous heart during stressful times in life can be beneficial to us. This article talks about generating energy that facilitates emotional generosity through a gratitude garden.

Aug 30

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Forgiveness, Happiness, ...

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