A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.
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Articles: Grit Needs Passion, Not FearBy Christine Carter | August 30, 2016
Passionless persistence might lead to achievement, says Christine Carter, but will it make you happy?
Articles: How to Bring Humor to MeditationBy Kira M. Newman | August 25, 2016
A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.
Christine Carter always tried to meet other people’s expectations—until she realized how out of sync with her own wants and needs she’d become.
Articles: The Loneliness of the Modern NomadBy Kira M. Newman | August 5, 2016
A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.
To get happier, you need to develop a personalized, strategic plan.
Articles: How Spending Influences HappinessBy Kira M. Newman | June 6, 2016
According to a new study, money can buy well-being—when we buy things that reflect our personality.
Articles: Are the Rich More Lonely?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | June 1, 2016
Two new studies disagree about the link between income and social connections. Emiliana Simon-Thomas takes a closer look.
Articles: Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016
How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?
Articles: The Benefits of Feeling AweBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016
We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
Articles: Living with a Purpose Changes EverythingBy Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016
According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.
Articles: Does Forgiveness Make Kids Happier?By Sarah Wheeler | May 16, 2016
A new study suggests that children are happier when they’re more forgiving toward their friends.
Articles: Happy People Don’t Need to Feel SuperiorBy Kira M. Newman | May 9, 2016
A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.
A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Articles: What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016
A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.
Articles: Four Reasons to Cultivate Zest in LifeBy Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2016
According to research, the joyful energy of zest is good for your career and your mental health.
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.
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
We all have a deep-seated drive to feel in control. But taking it too far can make you miserable.
According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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