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A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

captionFree yourself up to just be.sourceFlickr/taylor.f11<p>Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put …

9 things happier people have in common

In recent years, the science of happiness has exploded. Positive psychology, which focuses on what makes individuals and communities thrive, has been an incredibly popular field of study. Researchers have even started to produce reports on happiness around the globe.<p>It makes sense: we all want to …

Happiness

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

Smiling Really Is Contagious, And Here's Why

When you beam at someone, <i>a lot</i> happens during that interaction without you knowing it.<p>It turns out that not just our grins, but all of our facial expressions are contagious, according to a paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences on Thursday.<p>We tend to mimic the smiles or frowns …

Psychology

2016 New Year, New You? (Actually I Quite Like the Old Me)

If you have made a 2016 resolution, prepare to be disappointed.<p>This maybe a harsh New Year's message but the myriad of statistics point towards one trend -- what starts in resolution, moves to indecision and ends in indifference.<p>Depending on your sources approximately one quarter of all 2016 New …

Self-esteem

How Happiness Thinks

My brother is an art collector. When I was in my 20s he convinced me to start collecting art and suggested I buy a beautiful Frank Stella. I listened and my fabulous Frank Stella hangs over our bed in our California home. During this same time frame he gifted me with a poster, that I have, to this …

Happiness

5 Simple Strategies To Help You Worry Less This Year

Believe it or not, psychologists have a term to describe people who like to think a lot. The trait is called <i>need for cognition</i>. It refers to people who enjoy effortful thinking and feel motivated to attempt to understand and make sense of things. For the most part, this is associated with positive …

Self-help

Here Are 10 Powerful New Insights From The Science Of Happiness

<i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.</i><p>More than a decade after <i>Greater Good</i> first started reporting on the science of compassion, generosity, happiness—what we call “the science of a meaningful life”—the research in our …

Psychology

A Better You in 2016? Do These 6 Hard Things | Inc.com

It's the last week of 2015, which means it's time to start looking ahead to next year. What will you accomplish? How much money will you make? Who will you impress? Those are good questions to ask, but the best way to start the year is by looking in the mirror and evaluate who you've become as a …

Self-improvement

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain …

The Brain

7 Things Everyone Should Learn Before They Die

<b>“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” ~Vincent Van Gogh</b><p>I attended an interesting event a few nights ago. It featured ten speakers who …

Moving Beyond Passive-Aggression: Stop Repressing Your Feelings

<b>“Don’t let the fear of what people might think stop you from speaking your mind. Speak up, you deserve to be heard.” ~Unknown</b><p>I used to suffer from …

My Q And A With Gretchen Rubin on Making and Breaking Habits

Gretchen Rubin has a gift for adding value to her readers' lives and opening up the conversation on everything from productivity to the meaning of happiness. Her new book, out today, is Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits -- to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate …

Happiness

Where Age Equals Happiness

In the U.S., well-being tends to be highest in a person's earliest and latest years. But elsewhere, new research shows, quality of life follows a very different pattern.<p>“I’m nearly 70 years old, and I can tell you that bad things begin to happen as you get older,” said Angus Deaton, a professor of …

Stop Trying to Fix Yourself and Start Enjoying Your Life

<b>“You think that the goal is to be over there, and we say the goal is the journey over there; the goal is the fun you have along the way on your way</b> …

How to Stop Envying Other People’s Seemingly Perfect Lives

<b>“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~Steve Furtick</b><p>It’s in our …

Happiness

Struggling With Purpose? Try Changing Your Perspective.

There a lot of buzz these days about living with purpose. Just google "living with purpose" and you'll have enough reading material to get you through the holidays with the in-laws. (Is there enough reading material for that?) Hell, even The Biebs is into it.<p>I used to think it was a midlife thing, …

Middle Age

Are today's kids kind? Most Americans say no, and guess what's to blame

Kindness and kids are like peanut butter and jelly. They just seem to go hand-in-hand. After all, who doesn’t melt when you see a child being kind, whether that’s sharing a favorite treat with a friend or giving someone a hug, just because.<p>Still, maybe it’s the barrage of social media, or the …

Parenting

The worst thing imaginable happened — but here's why I remain thankful

Every year, our family goes around the table at Thanksgiving and everyone shares why they are thankful. Last year, I asked my parents to skip the tradition.<p>That was a mistake. At the time, caring for a child with cancer, I didn’t feel like I had much cause for gratitude. Now I see I had so much to …

Positive Thinking

Best Advice I Ever Got: It's Not How Long You Live; It's How You Choose to Live Your Life | Inc.com

<i>Ben Newman is a best-selling author, international speaker and highly regarded performance coach whose clients include Fortune 500 Companies, business executives, high performing sales people and athletes in the NFL, PGA & NCAA. Ben's most recent book, Leave YOUR Legacy, was ranked by CEO READ as a</i> …

Motivation

The Neuroscience of Gratitude

What are you most grateful for in this moment? Right here, right now. Seriously, stop and ask yourself. If you're having a tough day and aren't able to come up with anything off the top of your head, that's all the more reason to ask the question. The <i>New York Times</i> recently referenced a scientific …

Kaizen: Get a Little Better Each Day | The Art of Manliness

It’s happened to all of us.<p>You have a “come to Jesus” moment and decide you need to make changes in your life. Maybe you need to drop a few pounds …

Self-improvement

4 Life-Changing Lessons for People Who Struggle with Anxiety

<b>“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” ~Epictetus</b><p>Sweaty. Hot. …

4 Mistakes That Are Built into Your Brain

<b>“Cognitive bias is the biggest self-imposed obstacle to progress, not only for oneself but in the end, for all mankind.” ~Unknown</b><p>On a beautiful …

How to cope with traumatic news - an illustrated guide

The era of 24-hour news brings traumatic events directly into everyone's lives. Here's how that can affect people, especially children, and some …

How To Make Long-Lasting Changes To Your Unconscious Habits

This startup is training employees at Starbucks and NASA to make long-term behavior changes.<p>There’s a popular saying in the military: “You never rise to the occasion, you only sink to your level of training.”<p>In other words, sustained success isn’t the result of something that’s done spontaneously …

University of Washington

15 Unforgettable Quotes From The Tao Of Pooh

<b>We’ve collected fifteen of the best, most unforgettable quotes from The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff to inspire and empower you. Enjoy!</b><p>1. “When you …