The Happiness Boomerang Effect: When Positive Activities Backfire One of the most poignant scenes in season two of NBC’s This Is Us is when Kevin—a former high school star quarterback and homecoming king turned failing actor struggling with addiction—returns to … Continue reading The unpleasant gratitude
Can Electrically Stimulating Your Brain? It is a good question, but I was a little surprised to see it as the title of a research paper in a medical journal: “How Happy Is Too Happy?” Yet there it was in … Continue reading The happy brain
What Can We Learn from the World’s Happiest People? There’s a “queer genesis” to happiness, Buettner said. It doesn’t just evolve on its own, and the best place to start is at the macro level. Nations need an established history … Continue reading Health and happiness
Neuroscience Could Bring Us Eternal Bliss, But Is That a Good Thing? What if the secret to eternal happiness is a brain implant? If you’re thinking that sounds like the premise of a Black Mirror episode, you’re not alone. Yet … Continue reading The road to happiness
How Our Personal Finances Can Make Us Happy The idea that money generally, and the state of our finances, in particular, should be an essential contributor to our happiness seems obvious. When we handle money wisely give it an appropriate … Continue reading Is money the star of the show?
For people in Japan, happiness isn’t associated with better health Feeling positive emotions is good for your physical health, right? There’s certainly evidence in support of the idea. But it’s mostly come from studies of people living in Western countries. … Continue reading The Japanese way to happiness
How Irrational Labs Creates “Irrational” Bonuses 70% of U.S. employees are disengaged at work. When we think about how to fix this, most companies turn to financial incentives. Pay-for-performance year-end bonuses are pervasive. But do they work? A meta-analysis of … Continue reading Money and happiness