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The Science of Happiness category examines happiness from both the traditional scientific approach and in the less inhibiting and more creative, imaginative perspective of the new science.

When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

When Negative Thinking Becomes Positive

Pessimistic Positivity – The Myths of Happiness Revealed   Is it possible to be happy all the time? In truth, the answer to the question depends on your definition of happiness. Martin Seligman, a leader in the positive psychology movement, has a real dislike for the word “happiness” because, as he notes, to the modern ear, “happy” means “buoyant mood, merriment, good cheer, and smiling.” The problem isn’t with any of these attributes arising as part of the natural course of life. But this type of hedonistic experience isn’t what the word “happiness” has met historically. Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that ... Read More »

Happier Workers are Older Workers

Happier Workers are Older Workers

If you want a happier work place hire older workers. The stereotype of the grouchy curmudgeon is a false stereotype according to a new study. The saying that something’s get better with age like wine, it seems holds true for happiness in the work place. According to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research 90% of employees over age 50 describe themselves as “somewhat or very satisfied” with the work they do. The older workers hold these feeling regardless of gender, race, education, political views, and income level. What may be surprising to some is that the older workers ... Read More »

Happiness Marriage Equals Health and Well-Being

Happiness Marriage Equals Health and Well-Being

The evidence is in and being happily married is part of the equation for a healthier and happier life. According to a new study that examined 20 years data on long term relationships, and regardless of how long a couple has been married, the data shows a correlation between physical well-being and wedded bliss. In a study that continued over two decades, researchers studied 1,681 individuals and the link between marital happiness and health. What is unclear in this research is which one comes first, or do they grow symbiotically. According to Cody Hollist, co-author of the study, “There is ... Read More »

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness?

Is There a Real Equation for Happiness

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed and increase in the number of articles centered around the idea that there’s a mathematical formula for happiness. Initially I made an assumption which turned out – as many assumptions do – to be totally wrong. My assumption was that there had been either a refinement of the “happiness formula,” created by the gurus of happiness Diener, Lyubomirsky and Seligman, or someone else had cracked the code and come up with an actual mathematical equation to the age old mystery of “what is the secret to happiness.” My first mistaken assumption was that ... Read More »

Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

Happiness Studies going to the Dogs

It only makes sense, and scientific studies confirm it; that our furry friends (and even those that aren’t so furry) increase our happiness. Pets are so much more than that; they’re our best friends and family members. We’ve all heard stories of a “hero dog” that saved a life, of dogs that preform acts of service and courage on a daily bases helping their humans companions with physical challenges. It’s not just dogs, human interest stories are shared across the media about animals that have done amazing things to save someone. For most of us it’s not their hero qualities ... Read More »

Your Happy Place for Good News

Your Happy Place for Good News

“Your Happy Place for Good News” offers the latest truly good news that you can use. Articles that contain information that is actionable as well as informative. Happiness is Being Here Now Mindfulness meditation is a stress reducer. New research from the Shamatha Project at the University of California, Davies, has been published and the results show that becoming present in the moment significantly reduces your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Tonya Jacobs, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and first author of a paper describing the work said, “This is the first study ... Read More »

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

Is Your Smart Phone a Path to Happiness?

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.”                                                                                                                                                               ~Will Rogers~ I ... Read More »

Can Money Buy REAL Happiness?

Can Money Buy REAL Happiness?

“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~ John Ruskin ~ They say that money can’t buy happiness. Maybe “they’re” wrong, and in fact a number of studies are telling us that “they” are. There are so many new studies out about happiness and money that it seems like everybody on the “happiness circuit” wants to be a “myth buster.” Not so long ago there was a Princeton University Study that concluded $75,000 was all you needed to reach the happiness threshold. So, if you happen to make more than ... Read More »

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

Is Gratitude a Fast Track to Happiness?

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”                                                                                       ... Read More »

Science’s Pursuit of Happiness

Science’s Pursuit of Happiness

There are many things that science as learned about happiness in the last few decades and I thought it might be kind of fun to look at and some of the more recent things its had to say about happiness. I mean after all science has all the answers, right? Well, not really, but they have as a British friend of mine put it, “had a pretty good go at it.” Here are some of the, sometimes surprising, ideas that science offers as we pursue our happiness. Stop pursuing it! Just stop it now. One of my favorite teachers, Robert ... Read More »