A curated mix of articles on happiness.

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Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

Making Money, Making Happiness

Having money is unlikely to make you happy. But earning money can make you very happy. Depending on how you get it.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020

The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism

From the ‘KonMari method’ to Apple’s barely-there design philosophy, we are forever being urged to declutter and simplify our lives. But does minimalism really make us any happier?

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2019

Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness

Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind. So should doctors start issuing nature-based prescriptions?

Monday, Oct 28, 2019

Scandinavia's reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending

For nearly 100 years policymakers and progressives have looked to Scandinavian countries as model nations, but despite their best branding efforts, the region’s hold on happiness is slipping.

Friday, Oct 18, 2019

Want To Feel Happier Today? Try Talking To A Stranger

Many of us tend to do just about anything to avoid conversation or even eye contact with strangers. And smartphones make it easier than ever to do that. A recent study found that phones can keep us from even exchanging brief smiles with people we meet in public places. But a body of research has shown that we might just be short-changing our own happiness by ignoring opportunities to connect with the people around us.

Thursday, Sep 19, 2019

Why I quit my day job researching happiness and started cycling to Bhutan

I’d had enough. It was October 2017, and I’d been wondering what the point of my job was for far too long, and while I’m sure there was something meaningful somewhere and to someone in what I was doing day-to-day, it had certainly lost meaning for me. For all the good that writing another academic research paper would do, I thought I might as well be cycling to Bhutan.

Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

Being Happy Is Hard Work

I’ve always had a tendency to focus on the negative — I’m trying to change that.

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.