Researchers Create a Song That Makes Babies Happy Plenty of research has looked at adults’ emotional responses to music. But research with babies is more piecemeal and eclectic, perhaps reflecting the difficulty of asking them what they like. Researchers know … Continue reading The happy song
How do we measure well-being? Opinions differ on the definition of well-being. Yet there’s a growing consensus that it cannot be reduced to material consumption and that other aspects of life, such as health and good social relations, are essential … Continue reading Is happiness just satisfaction?
A global survey shows women are more satisfied with their lives than men are Women are happier than men. Or so they say. Across the vast majority of countries where surveys have been conducted, the average woman responds that they … Continue reading The happiness gender gap
Life (and the Pursuit of Happiness)– But for How Long? Confronting our mortality is not an easy task for most people. However, there are many reasons people should consider just how long they might live. In the case of retirement … Continue reading Mortality and happiness
Why You Should Bet Against Your Candidate When your favorite sports team is defeated, you’re disappointed, even dismayed. The same is true when your preferred political candidate doesn’t win. It hurts when your side loses. Fortunately, you can insure yourself … Continue reading Loss aversion on betting
Why you shouldn’t want to always be happy In the 1990s, a psychologist named Martin Seligman led the positive psychology movement, which placed the study of human happiness squarely at the center of psychology research and theory. It continued a … Continue reading Why aren’t we happier?
Is Happiness a Good Reason to Host the Olympics? When the 310 horses competing in the 2016 Olympics arrived at Rio’s international airport, they moved down a ramp to the trucks that took them to the games. The ramp cost … Continue reading Are Brazilians happier just now?