Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
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Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
Articles: Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter?By Kira M. Newman | March 24, 2016
According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.
Videos and Podcasts: The Four Constituents of Well-BeingBy Richard J. Davidson | January 29, 2016
Dr. Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, explains what he sees as the four science-based keys to well-being.
Articles: The New Science of Singing TogetherBy Jacques Launay, Eiluned Pearce | December 4, 2015
Studies find that singing in a choir helps forge social bonds—and it might even make you healthier.
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.
Articles: How Friends Help Us Grow OldBy Jill Suttie | November 13, 2015
A new study suggests that we need a lot of social contact when we’re younger—but as we age, we need to focus on closeness.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
Articles: Happiness Greatest HitsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 20, 2015
Today is the UN's International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, here's a list of some of our most illuminating and helpful happiness research, tools, and tips.
Articles: Need a Kidney? Go to a Happy StateBy Craig L. Anderson | June 13, 2014
A new study suggests that feelings of happiness might actually spur extraordinary acts of altruism.
In his new book Dreamland, David K. Randall reveals the scientific and personal importance of sleep—and provides some tips to get more of it.
Articles: The Genetics of HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | June 29, 2012
A new study of twins sheds light on the complex links between biology and happiness.
Articles: Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?By Carmen Sobczak | July 26, 2011
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
A recent survey looks at the link between money and happiness during hard times.
Videos and Podcasts: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 27, 2011
This week my children are off at a very outdoorsy sleepaway camp—I’m excited for them to be outside nearly constantly for two weeks! One reason why I’m willing to part with them this summer is that I know that their health and happiness will benefit from their time spent in nature.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 26, 2011
The benefits of a summer spent outdoors
Research Digest Items/Studies: Why the World’s Poor are Happier than You Think
Articles: Is Happiness Overrated?By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2011
The founder of positive psychology zeroes in on what really matters.
Raising Happiness: Tuesday Tip: Flex your generosity muscleBy Christine Carter | May 17, 2011
One thing you can do today to be happier.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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