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A psychologist reveals the biggest predictor of happiness — and it's not money

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be," he said.<p>And then …

Happiness

Scientifically proven ways to make your weekend happier

News flash: research finds that people are generally happier on weekends than weekdays. However, some weekends — even a long holiday weekend, like …

The Next Revolution in Photography Is Coming

It’s time to stop talking about photography. It’s not that photography is dead as many have claimed, but it’s gone.<p>Just as there’s a time to stop …

20 Positive Thoughts on Life That Lead to Happiness, Success and Higher Productivity

If you thought, only genes determine your lifespan, you may be wrong. There are life lessons, which if learnt and adhered to, can add years to your …

15 Things Dads Should Teach Their Sons About Dating

Buckle up, kid, it's a fun ride.<p>"That poor kid." "He has no chance." "Tough draw for him."<p>Statements like this are common when I talk to people about our son, the one boy out of our five children. Blanketed with three older sisters and a younger one. Their intentions are fine, I'm sure, but the …

9 outdoor adventure apps to boost your call of the wild

There is a lot to be said for "unplugging" when you venture into nature. But some outdoor adventure apps are so useful — for navigating in backcountry and identifying what you see along the way, among other things — that you may find it hard to leave your mobile phone behind.<p>One essential element …

Apps

Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen talks happiness, balance and living with your heart

Her book Yoga Girl is a new York Times bestseller and she has more than a million followers on social media — Rachel Brathen explains to Clodagh Finn …

The kinds of friendships you have in your 20s and 30s predicts your well-being later in life

A new study shows that when it comes to friendship, it’s quantity over quality that matters in your 20s—and vice versa in your 30s.<p>That pattern turns out to be a predictor of psychological well-being later in life, and it happens to be one that comes relatively naturally to many of us.<p>“Earlier on …

Psychology

Scientists meditated on meditation – and the results were troubling

<b>(webphotographeer via iStock)</b><p>There’s no proof to support claims about meditation’s healing powers<p>John Horgan<p>July 16, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American<p>What do you call it when you try to meditate but can't stop thinking about …

Meditation

The scientists behind 'Inside Out' explain one big thing the movie gets right that most people get wrong

It was "so powerful that it changed the way I understand my own emotions," wrote Business Insider's Ian Phillips.<p>The movie "made me understand the one thing my therapist has been trying to teach me for 15 years," wrote Caroline Moss. Chris Weller called it "a surprisingly accurate look at human …

Psychology

Do these eight things and you will be more creative and insightful, neuroscientists say

By Brigid Schulte<p>Tests of human intelligence show that even as IQ, the measure of our analytical thinking skills, appears to be on the rise, our more expansive, creative thinking skills may be on the wane as our hyper-busy world promotes more narrow, analytical thought. Neuroscientist John Kounios, …

Creativity

12 Dalai Lama quotes that will make you think differently about happiness

He fled his home during the Chinese occupation of Tibet and soon set up a government in exile in India.<p>The monk has been the spiritual leader of his people and his religion since he was 15 years old. He's also one of the foremost authors and philosophers within Tibetan Buddhism, having authored …

Happiness

3 Key Decisions We Make Every Moment of Our Lives

Your patterns determine your outcomes, including your emotional well-being, health, wisdom and wealth. Understand your decisions in any given moment and you can take control of your desired outcomes.<p>Every moment of every day there are three key decisions that determine the outcome of our lives. …

Self-improvement

A Spiritual Approach To Dealing With Regrets

<i>*A God in Therapy post</i><p>We all have them.<p>Minor regrets, such as: I wish I had learned how to play the clarinet. I wish I hadn’t goofed off quite so …

Daily Meditation: Spirit Guides

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a song by American folk group Hem. "Seven Angels" explores the notion that …

Meditation

New Pyramid Found on Mars Joins a Growing List

A photo taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover in May 2015 shows what appears to be a small pyramid on the planet’s surface. This isn’t the first pyramid …

30 Women Under 30 Changing Food

There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators, who are the backbone of the world's food systems.<p>In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world's agricultural labor force and …

7 Minute Morning Routine For Better Health, Wealth, & Happiness

Looking to power up your day? Check out this 7 minute morning routine for better health, wealth, and happiness. Begin the day feeling great and be …

The brightest planets of June: When and where to look

With the northern summer just a few weeks away, the month of June is bringing a delight of planets in the night sky for stargazers to enjoy, but only …

Burned Out? 12 Powerful Ways To Transform Your Life

You know the feeling: It’s 10 a.m., you’re jittery from that third cup of coffee, and your mind feels like glue. You’re drained -- physically, mentally and emotionally -- and dispassionate about things that once brought you joy. Motivated? Forget it. Irritable? You betcha. All regards for personal …

Self-improvement

The Dalai Lama’s Daily Routine and Information Diet

“To understand the Dalai Lama … perhaps it’s most useful to see him as a doctor of the soul.”<p>I think a great deal about the difference between routine and ritual as a special case of our more general and generally trying quest for balance — ripped asunder by the contrary longings for control and …

Hinduism

John Oliver can make global warming funny, but climate comedy is still hard

Comedy = tragedy plus time. That’s the equation to make ha ha’s happen. You may not know it, but all us lot in the comedy production line just hang out riffing maths formulas and that’s how we come up with the gold. Simples. (Winky face.)<p>So I’m not that great at math(s) – NB I do like to keep in …

10 To Zen

Amy Schumer’s Brotastic Feminism: Why the Trailblazing Comedienne Has Won Both Sexes Over

The outspoken, hilarious, and brazenly feminist star of Inside Amy Schumer and the upcoming Trainwreck is the comedy voice of the Tinder …

10 Scientific Ways To Be Happy

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier Every Day

Would a boost in positivity help your career and relationships? These studies show how to get an improved outlook.<p>Regardless of who you are, what you do, or how much money you have, life in this world will never be perfect. People die, accidents happen, and things break. Even so, it's possible to …

30 Things You Need To Let Go To Find Happiness

What do you need to be happy? All too often, we list the things we want: a bigger house, a cooler car, a trip around the world, money for …

Happiness

Adventure Photo of the Week

5 Reasons Creative Geniuses Like Einstein, Twain and Zuckerberg Had Messy Desks – And Why You Should Too

<i>On the day Einstein died, Time photographer Ralph Morse eschewed the crowds of reporters and other photojournalists gathered at Princeton Hospital,</i> …

Everyone wants to be happy. Almost everyone is going about it wrong. - Vox

As a therapist, the number-one goal I hear from my patients is: "I just want to be happy." I ask, "What would being happy mean to you?" The answers range from "Everything I wish for will happen" to "I will feel good all the time" to "I won't ever feel sad or disappointed."<p>These patients are deeply …