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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.
Raising Happiness: Watching the Crisis in Japan: Feeling Good While Others SufferBy Christine Carter | March 23, 2011
Compassion is a positive emotion—just like happiness.
Refuting the management experts, a recent study suggests employees should be free to decorate their own workspaces.
Videos and Podcasts: The Benefits of GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 13, 2010
Robert Emmons shares the results of his research on gratitude: better health, more happiness, and stronger connections to others.
Research Digest Items/Studies: The Keys to a Good Night’s Sleep
Articles: The Poor Give MoreBy Jason Marsh | August 11, 2010
A new study finds that the rich are less altruistic
Research Digest Items/Studies: Dulling the Pain of Exclusion
Research Digest Items/Studies: How to Promote Emotional Well-Being after a Brain Injury
Research Digest Items/Studies: How to Handle Our Emotions
Research Digest Items/Studies: Empathy and the Face vs. the Voice
Research Digest Items/Studies: Social Networks and the Effects of Unemployment
Research Digest Items/Studies: Gratitude Boosts Positive Emotions
In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.
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