Adam (real story, fake name) was a good employee who was given a plum project he believed could get him a promotion and a raise. Taking it seemed like the proverbial no-brainer: Work hard, nail the assignment,
"This is the worst day of my life,” Bart Simpson complains at one point in the Simpsons movie. “The worst day of your life so far,” Homer gently corrects. What's true for Bart is true for most of us under
Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we not
Flow is associated with a distinct brain activity pattern. You're both engaged and emotionally calm at the same time. When he ran the four-minute mile in 1954, Sir Roger Bannister said, "No longer conscious
Research shows that happiness among employees fuels performance and achievement, resulting in a competitive edge many companies crave. In the book The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor laid out abundance
IDEAS Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree Human beings certainly gravitate to religion and it seems we all have an tendency to believe in some sort of karma. Your mind may require meaning.
A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity. “Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no stresses,
Most parents want their kids to be successful in life—and so we teach them attitudes that we believe will help them achieve their goals. But as I learned while researching my book The Happiness Track,
There’s one piece of advice that’s always stuck with me: “The only way to not be scared of being punched in the face is being punched in the face.” This is quite true, as I learned after receiving the
Here's some wisdom gleaned from one of the longest longitudinal studies ever conducted. Prioritizing what's important is challenging in today's world. The split focus required to maintain a career and
(CNN) — Looking for a way to be happier? Are you seeking deeper connections with friends or looking for more friends? Want to relate better to your co-workers? Try a little compassion. Compassion, as scholar
For centuries, people leaned into the popular (and false) belief that possession—material wealth and stature—was synonymous with happiness. But now minimalism is on the rise, and for good reason: it works.
“Look on the sunny side of life.” “Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.” “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” “See the glass as half-full,
There is a long-standing theory in the science of happiness that we each have a set point we return to; a happy medium, however high the highs or low the lows, in between. This ‘hedonic adaptability’ that
Here’s a New Year’s challenge for the mind: Make this the year that you quiet all those negative thoughts swirling around your brain. All humans have a tendency to be a bit more like Eeyore than Tigger,