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What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

The Refusal of Happiness: When Submission to God becomes Stereotypical Islamicity

A basic tenet of Islamic theology is that God has no wants or needs. Everything that God has revealed through God's angels and prophets is for the …

Want to Be Happy? Be Kind and Grateful

Above are two of my favorite viral photos. The one on the left is of Isaac Theil allowing college student Garvey Dutes to sleep on his shoulder in a New York subway car. The one on the right is of Gage Boucher, a grocery store employee, tying the shoes of an elderly customer. What I love about …

Sincere ‘thanks’ can clinch loyal customers

Customer satisfaction surveys are common, but companies rarely acknowledge the people who fill them out. A sincere, well-timed “thank you” can reap …

Food Psychology: How To Trick Your Palate Into A Tastier Meal

What makes the perfect meal?<p>Most of us might envision a specific dish, or a certain ingredient — a fine steak cooked medium-rare, grandma's chicken curry or mom's hearty ratatouille.<p>Charles Spence thinks about the food, for sure. But he also thinks about everything else: the color and size of the …

Antisocial Medicine

One of the biggest surprises to come out of microbiology in recent years is that bacteria have a social life. Rather than existing as lonely, autonomous creatures, bacteria live in communities, in which they cooperate, compete, and communicate. In the January issue of <i>Scientific American</i>, I have a …