Greener Childhood Associated With Happier Adulthood The experience of natural spaces, brimming with greenish light, the smells of soil and the quiet fluttering of leaves in the breeze can calm our frenetic modern lives. It’s as though our very cells … Continue reading Green and happiness
Do You Have the Courage to Stop Doing? Our basic state of wellbeing is obscured because of the essential paradigm (or misunderstanding) we live by, namely, that we are human doings not human beings. We see ourselves, our value, as … Continue reading To stop or not to stop?
The “experiential advantage” is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things Being rich(er) may not guarantee happiness, as shown by ample evidence from the social sciences, but there are ways of spending money … Continue reading Experiential happiness
There Is More to Behavioral Economics Than Biases and Fallacies Compared to just a few years ago, the term behavioral economics has gained tremendous currency. To say it is on everyone’s lips would be only a minor exaggeration. For the … Continue reading Bamboozled by biases
The Power of Positive People Are you spending time with the right people for your health and happiness? While many of us focus primarily on diet and exercise to achieve better health, science suggests that our well-being also is influenced … Continue reading Your own social network
Here’s Your Cheat Sheet to Happiness Professor Laurie Santos didn’t set out to create the most popular course in the history of Yale University and the most talked-about college course in America. She just wanted her students to be happy. … Continue reading Are you that happy?
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