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How Aristotle is the perfect happiness guru

Happiness is not a state as far as Aristotle is concerned, it’s an activity, says Professor Edith Hall, and you just have to decide to become happier<p>You’ve got the Headspace app, know your downward dog from your black dog, and once read something by Freud, so what can a guy who lived 23 centuries …

Happiness

The friend effect: why the secret of health and happiness is surprisingly simple

A study has found that regularly eating meals alone is the biggest single factor for unhappiness, besides existing mental illness. Why is hanging out with friends so helpful?<p>For some, eating alone can be a joyous thing: forking mouthfuls of pasta straight from the pan, peanut butter licked off a …

Mental Disorders

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

Avoiding 7 Deadly Estate Planning Mistakes

Most estate planning mistakes tend to be fall into one of several categories. Every estate plan has unique features, but the same problems and mistakes recur. Many mistakes don’t vary with the value of an estate and other factors. Each of the classic mistakes is avoidable. All that’s needed is …

Retirement

Say hello to the No. 1 threat to your $11 million inheritance

The biggest obstacle standing between you and that windfall from your rich grandpa isn't the possible 40 percent estate tax – it's your pesky …

Retirement

Large amount of wealth linked to increased happiness — especially among those who earned it

People with more wealth tend to report being happier with life, according to a new psychological study of more than 4,000 millionaires. The study, …

Your Brain Isn't Wired for Lasting Happiness. Here's How to Override It

Neuroscience can explain how to overcome your brain's biases and find authentic happiness.<p>We're obsessed with the idea of happiness. It's engrained in our cultural DNA and codified in our Constitution. But for a bunch of people in dogged pursuit of happiness, we're failing miserably.<p>More than ever, …

Happiness

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

• The brain chemical dopamine, associated with reward and motivation, is very different from serotonin, associated with contentment and true …

Happiness

Spouses Who Have This 1 View of Their Partner Are Twice as Happy in Life

Apparently, the key to a thriving relationship also makes you happier in life.<p>There are a lot of reasons to get married. One is being in love. Another is wanting the tax break. Yet another is the desire to publicly commit to your best friend that you will be with him or her forever, no matter what. …

Happiness

How To Find Your Ikigai And Transform Your Outlook On Life And Business

One of my favorite things about my work at BodeTree is the fact that I get the chance to learn from amazing entrepreneurs every day.<p>Recently, one such entrepreneur by the name Maria Turco, Chief Yogini of Honor Yoga and a client of BodeTree, introduced me to a concept that I’ve been unwittingly …

Ikigai

How to Pass Down a Vacation Home

Make a detailed plan for the home's future to avoid family feuds down the road.<p>Betsy Fisher and her two brothers inherited their parents' vacation …

How to leave an inheritance that doesn’t tear your family apart

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>“I give them a $20,000 gift and I don’t get a thank you?” Sound familiar? The dollar …

Parenting

8 Signs Your Estate Plan May Be Worthless

If it's been a few years since you completed your estate plan, chances are your documents could need some serious updating. Here are some key areas …

4 things you should spend your money on if you want to be happier, according to research

You've heard it over and over: Money doesn't buy happiness. Even if people didn't keep telling you that, you might guess from the large number of extremely wealthy people with drug or alcohol addiction, depression, or even suicidal tendencies. You may even have experienced it yourself, when that …

The dark reasons so many rich people are miserable human beings

It’s no picnic having a massive bank balance<p>Mo money, mo problems.<p>New research shows the richer we get, the less happy we become. A study, published …

Are You Leaving Your Children an Inheritance?

We recently wrote about how retirement is different if you don’t have children. But we also asked readers to tell us if they are leaving an inheritance for their children and how their decisions have affected their finances and family. Their stories have been condensed and edited for clarity.<p><b>“There</b> …

The scientifically proven best ways to spend time if you want to be happy

Whereas a loss of $100 today has the potential of being earned back tomorrow, a lost hour cannot be recuperated. Deciding how to spend time is a clearly consequential decision.<p>But what may not be so obvious is exactly how our decisions about how to spend time relate to our moment-to-moment and …

Happiness

The Best Way for Wealthy Parents to Talk to Children About Family Money

The key is give them the right information at the right time<p>Many wealthy families face a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, they want to conceal important details even from adult children for fear of creating a sense of entitlement. But when parents are too secretive, it can make it much more …

San Mateo County

This Simple Chart Explains How To Be Happier, So Save It To Your Desktop

Attention all: The key to absolute happiness has been uncovered and — surprise! — it’s on the internet (sort of). No, the key cannot be found on …

Everything You Need to Know About Happiness in One Infographic

What do scientists know about what makes us happy—and what doesn't? This is research that can truly change your life for the better.

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

Happiness

Stepmothers: The Cause Of So Many Estate Fights

<b>By Michael Hackard, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>(<i>The following is excerpted from</i> The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse.)<p>I read the latest summary sheet of our law firm’s disputed probate, estate and trust cases and came across an insight that should have been obvious (but …

Want to Be Happy? Stop Trying to Improve, Some Experts Say

Three new books say the self-improvement industry does more harm than good.<p>Are you spending too much time, money, and effort on self-improvement? The answer is probably yes, according to a <i>New Yorker</i> review of three new books that each take the current self-improvement movement to task as doing more …

Self-Acceptance

Why I Don't Want To Get Rich (And Why You Shouldn't Either)

We’ve been sold a lie. A lie about happiness, our future, and getting rich. We believe that if we want the life we dream of, we have to become rich. At least, that’s what we were told, and so it’s what we believe.<p>Now, to be fair, some of us are smart enough to recognize that riches alone won’t make …

The 10 keys to happiness that are scientifically proven

January doesn't have to be blue.<p>To create a happy January, we linked up with nonprofit, Action for Happiness, who do incredible work spreading the …

Happiness

Wealth Transfer: Are You Sure Your Beneficiaries Are Prepared?

Successful wealth transfer is becoming increasingly important now that one of history’s most significant asset handovers is underway. Baby boomers across North America are expected to pass down an estimated $30 trillion in assets to their heirs over the next three to four decades.<p>“The worst thing …

Rich People Really Can Buy Happiness, But It's Different Than What the Poor Get for Free

The rich are more likely to find happiness in "me," while "we" equals happiness for the poor, according to a new survey.<p>You've heard cliches about money's inability to buy happiness and seen caricatures of miserable rich people, but the truth may be, unsurprisingly, somewhere in between.<p>"Most …

Happiness

Even for the Very Rich, More Money Brings Happiness

But a study also shows that happiness depends on where the wealth comes from<p>By<p>Grant E. Donnelly and<p>Michael Norton<p>Andrew Carnegie—one of the richest people to have ever lived—was troubled about the potential effects of his enormous wealth on one particular constituency: his heirs. He opined that a …

Harvard Business School

The Fear of Missing Out: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Instagram

I used to have this problem. It was almost like an addiction. Except I wasn’t actually consuming something — rather, it was like an addiction of</i> …

A Lazy Person's Guide to Happiness

Find the right environment, and very little effort is necessary.<p>Happiness is an active process, not something you get by sitting back and waiting. It’s something to be grabbed by the horns or more vulnerable areas and then conquered. At least, this is the gist of the message from Tony Robbins and …