Happiness

A curated mix of articles on happiness.

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Friday, Apr 7, 2017

How to Buy Happiness

“There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money,” a character proclaims gloomily in Antigone, but maybe he didn’t know how to use his cash. If we spend it right, research suggests, money can, in fact, buy happiness.

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report

Being self-employed has a multifaceted relationship with wellbeing. When we look at global averages, we see that self-employment is generally associated with lower levels of happiness as compared to being a full-time employee. But follow-up analyses indicate that this very much depends on the region of the world that is being considered as well as which measure of subjective wellbeing is under consideration.

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth

The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” - how happy the people are, and why. Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last.

Monday, Jan 16, 2017

The cult of compulsory happiness is ruining our workplaces

Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side.

Monday, Dec 26, 2016

Reasons to be cheerful: how putting other people first will make you happy

Struggling with motivation? Then stop being so selfish.

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Marie Kondo: How to Choose Happiness

Though it sometimes may seem like our things are threatening to take over our world, we can focus our energy and determination on choosing what makes us happy, and ultimately change our lives.

Monday, Nov 14, 2016

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.

Friday, Nov 4, 2016

Americans are spending a fortune on finding happiness—and becoming less happy in the process

A series of studies carried out by psychologists at the UC Berkeley showed that paradoxically, the more intensely people value and pursue happiness as a distinct goal, the more likely they are to display symptoms of unhappiness, anxiety, loneliness and even depression.

Thursday, Oct 13, 2016

How to Create A Happy Life With Hacks From Stanford's Famous 'Design Your Life' Class

By identifying the activities that give you joy and the ones that drain your spirit, you can take charge of your own happiness and set yourself on the path to a well-balanced life.

Monday, Aug 1, 2016

Want Happiness? Buy Experiences, Not Things, Says a Cornell Psychologist

Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University has made four studies on the subject over decades and came to the conclusion that happiness is derived from experiences, not things.

Monday, Jul 11, 2016

How Little Can You Own and Still Be Really Happy?

But what if you just stopped wanting things? You might find yourself living a life that’s much richer in experiences and closer to happiness. How to get there? Try minimalism.

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

Money can't buy happiness? That's just wishful thinking

A new study shows that people with more money tend to be less lonely. We shouldn’t be surprised – the link between happiness and wealth is clear.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why So Many Smart People Aren't Happy

It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?

Monday, Mar 28, 2016

This four-letter word is the Swedish key to happiness at work

Can short coffee breaks spell the difference between loving and hating work? In Sweden, where workers are among the least stressed worldwide, the secret to happiness is a four letter word: fika.

Thursday, Mar 24, 2016

Everything you need to know about whether money makes you happy

It’s a cliche that “you can’t buy happiness”, but at the same time, financial security is among most people’s top career priorities. Moreover, when people are asked what would most improve the quality of their lives, the most common answer is more money. What’s going on here? Who is right?

Monday, Dec 14, 2015

Happiness Doesn't Help You Live Longer

A new study of hundreds of thousands of women finds no difference in mortality between the happy and the unhappy.

Tuesday, Nov 3, 2015

What Makes Us Happy?

Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life? For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been examining this question, following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through war, career, marriage and divorce, parenthood and grandparenthood, and old age. Here, for the first time, a journalist gains access to the archive of one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in history. Its contents, as much literature as science, offer profound insight into the human condition—and into the brilliant, complex mind of the study’s longtime director, George Vaillant.

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015

There's More To Life Than Being Happy

Meaning comes from the pursuit of more complex things than happiness.