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10 Positive Psychology Studies to Change Your View of Happiness

<i>“People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.”</i><p>In <i>An Introduction to Positive Psychology,</i> Dr. William Compton …

Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings

Happiness feels intolerably elusive for many of us. Like fog, you can see it from afar, dense and full of shape. But upon approach, its particles loosen and suddenly it becomes out of reach, even though it’s all around you.<p>We put so much emphasis on the pursuit of happiness, but if you stop and …

Gratitude: 3 Ways to Invite More Happiness Into Your Life

There are some days when gratitude is simple. Maybe you got a raise, had a great vacation, watched your kid star in a school play, and other amazing experiences. Those occasions are awesome! Then there are times when you have to struggle to find gratitude. When that new raise requires you to work …

5 Habits of Happy and Successful People | Inc.com

Happy people are often successful people and vice versa--but how do you know if you are a happy successful person? And if you know that you are currently not one or both of those things, how can you become a happy and successful? Here are 5 simple habits of happy and people successful people:<p><b>1.</b> …

What We've Learned About Kids And Sleep In 2015

Kids’ sleep is truly precious. For parents, hardly anything beats the sight of their little one wrapped in a blanket, curls strewn over the pillow, breathing softly and looking happy and serene. But what if your child is tossing and turning, snoring or moaning in her sleep? How will the quality of …

11 Secrets of Happy People Who Aren’t Faking It | Inc.com

<i>Does anybody actually enjoy life? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Milena Rangelov, Ph.D student of civil engineering, blogger, and creator, on Quora:</b><p>Not very many people enjoy their lives. Is it fair? Hell no! We forgot the art of joy and we should all …

Illustration: Lauren Humphrey<p>Long-term memories have an actual physical presence in the brain. Neurons make new physical connections and synapses with each other when a new long-term memory is …

The Brain

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

Happiness

A Dose of Nature: The Secret Prescription to Health and Happiness?

Spending our days in windowless office buildings and suburban homes, it's easy to forget about nature. In today's society, the only time many of us spend outdoors is just walking to and from the car. Could this separation from nature have a negative effect on our mental and physical states? Recent …

The Importance of Sleeping Your Way to the Top

Ever since I received eight hours of sleep in one week at the start of my advertising career, I've been a big believer in the importance of sleeping my way to the top.<p>No, I'm not talking about heating things up between the sheets with every office worker who has the potential to boost careers, but …

The Power of Gratitude: 5 Small Tips for a Lighter and Happier Life Starting Today

<i>“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”</i> <b><br>Lionel Hampton</b><i>“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the</i> …

How Your To-Do List Can Make You a Happier Person

<i>Photo: Pond5</i><p><i>By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>You've got a to-do list, a bucket list a grocery list and a wish list -- but aside from the sweet satisfaction you get from crossing off each item, does your list-making habit actually make you happier?<p>For Seattle-based small business owner, online …

3 Ways to Boost Workplace Happiness Using Romance Research | Inc.com

The aim of research about romance is usually to create happier romances. But can insights from intimacies help employers and employees find long-term happiness, too?<p>Eli Finkel, professor of management and organizations at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, believes it's possible. Long …

A Better Way To Pursue Happiness

Trying to be happy is a recipe for neurosis. There's a better way.<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work; find out more here.</i><p>We all want to be …

Chasing Happiness

In our current culture, filtered perfection seems to be the new norm. We do not have to look farther than our Facebook feed and Pinterest-inspired friends who seem to be well, doing it all. We know we are looking at everyone's highlights reel, but why does it still feel bad and why don't we feel …

Poor sleep and insomnia can make you less effective, but it’s still not necessary to stay in bed for eight hours<p>Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be …

Entrepreneurship

How to design a ToDo list to sync productivity with happiness

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>What is productivity? Number of tasks you finish per hour or, the impact you produce by finishing a task?<p><b>“You don’t keep TODO’s to do more work every day;</b> …

Why Compassion Is Necessary for Your Own Happiness

Momentary burst of happiness can arise from external experiences like a delicious meal, the purchase of a brand new car, or the fervent interest of a …

Happiness: It’s Like This…and This Too

Ajahn Chah was the spiritual teacher to many leading mindfulness teachers. He had a wonderful saying when it comes to being present in life, “It’s …

Mindfulness

4 Game-Changing Brain Science Discoveries Redefining Happiness

Have you ever tried to tell yourself to “just relax” and “enjoy” an unexpected traffic-filled commute that is sure to make you late? You keep telling …

Mindfulness

New study suggests walkable cities don't make people happier

However, a new study from the University of Virginia finds that <b>people who live in more walkable areas are healthier — but not happier — than people living in places dominated by cars.</b><p>The findings undercut much of the research into well-being, which suggests that physical and emotional well-being …

12 Little Steps That Lead You to Your Happy Place | Inc.com

Research shows that happier people are more successful people. That's reason enough to make a point of being happy at work. But wait--there's more! Happy people have more successful relationships, better mental health, and live longer lives. Not bad for an emotion that you yourself have control …

Acceptance: The Key to a Happy Marriage

We seek acceptance from the time we are children through adulthood. As children we mainly seek approval and acceptance from our parents. However, once we become adults, marriage is often our most intimate relationship, and our spouse is the one from whom we seek acceptance.<p>When I accept my spouse, …

How Money Does, Indeed, Buy Happiness

It turns out that when we spend money on other people, our level of happiness goes up measurably more than when we spend the same money on ourselves. And Tony Robbins advocates that no matter how busy or broke you may be, you have something to offer others.<p>At the beginning of the year, a friend and …

MRI Shows Where Happiness Happens in The Brain

A team of researchers at Kyoto University have pinpointed where happiness happens in our brains.<p>According to Wataru Sato, Ph.D., and his research …

Happiness

57 Easy Ways to Be Happier and More Successful | Inc.com

I've already posted most of the advice below but scattered among five or six posts. I thought it would be useful to collect all of my happiness and success rules in a single place. Enjoy!<p>1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the …

Re-setting Your Happiness Set Point

Be aware of the kinds of thoughts that you choose to focus on. While we can’t control the thoughts that pop into our mind, we do have the power to …

Happiness

Humans Seem to Have Evolved for More Efficient Sleep

A new study has found that humans can get by on significantly less sleep than other mammals because our sleep is more efficient.<p>Researchers from Duke …

Anthropology

Poor Sleep May Actually Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

A new study hopes to determine the exact link.<p>Numerous studies have tied sleep to Alzheimer's disease, but the link hasn't yet been well-defined.<p>Now a new study led by Oregon Health and Science University hopes to clearly determine the relationship between a lack of shuteye and the memory-robbing …

Unlocking the Sleep-Gut Connection

<i>New research on sleep and the world of the microbiome</i><p>There's a lot of discussion these days about gut health--about how a healthy gut can support overall health, and about the ways a compromised gut may contribute to illness and disease. We're learning continually more about the complexity of the …