Happiness

A curated mix of articles on happiness.

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Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019

What Swimming Taught Me About Happiness

We all wanted to swim faster and the more hysterically we tried, the more speed escaped us. The same goes for happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, yet the more directly we pursue happiness, the more elusive it becomes.

Monday, Aug 12, 2019

‘It’s a superpower’: how walking makes us healthier, happier and brainier

Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019

Are we happier when we spend more time with others?

The main result, he concluded, is that social connections are one of the most important factors for people’s happiness and health. He said: “Those who kept warm relationships got to live longer and happier, and the loners often died earlier”.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Can You Overdose on Happiness?

Questions of pleasure and desire go right to the core of what being a human in the world is all about.

Monday, Mar 5, 2018

How much money do people need to be happy?

Take three people. All are unmarried, 33-year-old women who live in the United States. One makes an annual salary of $40,000, another makes $120,000, and the third makes $200,000. Who do you think is the happiest?

Monday, Jan 22, 2018

How to Be Happier in 2018

When I reflected on my 2017 — what went well and what didn’t — my main takeaway was this: certain activities and attitudes to life bring me joy. Or at the very least decrease my negativity, pessimism and sadness. My intention this year is to maximize those moments of joy. Here are 11 reminders to myself for living a happier and healthier 2018.

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017

Is this Japanese concept the secret to a long, happy, meaningful life?

What’s your reason for getting up in the morning? Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.

Monday, Aug 14, 2017

Want to Be Happy? Buy More Takeout and Hire a Maid, Study Suggests

It’s a question central to daily life: Do you spend money to save time or spend time to save money? Well, if happiness is the goal, you might consider opening that wallet.

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.

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