March 2007

In the largest study of psychotherapy delivered over the telephone, researchers report positive long-term effects for individuals who receive brief telephone-based psychotherapy soon after starting on antidepressant medication. And although we've not conducted rigorous trials such as this, at The Happiness Institute we've similarly found that...

I've always said happiness is not a solo-endeavour. Happiness is just as much about what you do for others as it is about what you do to or for yourself. So I found the following article on happiness and compassion interesting...

Meditation of any kind is good for the body and the mind. It produces physical relaxation and stress-relieving benefits, such as reduced anxiety, lowered heart rate and decreased blood pressure. Studies link meditation with reduced pain, depression and insomnia. Read more about meditation, happiness and stress...

I'm always slightly skeptical about any "magic pill" or miracle tablet that claims to promote happiness but at the same time, I guess we should always keep our minds open to anything that might promote or assist in the search for what we all want...

Darrin McMahon still cannot define happiness after spending six years researching and writing a book about it. While that's been a frustration, the Florida State University history professor said it's also what gives happiness its power and allure. His book, "Happiness: A History," was recently named by...

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green likes teachers. A lot. The children's commissioner for England, always an outspoken defender of children's rights, is loud and clear in his praise. "The workforce in education is our most precious resource and it needs to be nurtured," he says. But he...

Some of you might have heard or read this parable before, I certainly have, but I was reminded of it again recently and it's so good it bears repeating at regular intervals (like many happiness inducing activities or strategies). A US businessman was at the...

Being a coaching psychologist my main interest is people (and their happiness); as such, it's not often I read the financial pages of the paper although there is a Sydney economist whose writings have interested me for several years now...

Jane is drowning in the demands of her life. On the personal side, she's a wife and a mother of two boys. All three rely on her to organize their lives regarding what they do, when they do it and how they get rewarded. On...

Sonja Lyubomirsky is one of the leading lights in the exciting field of research into happiness. Through controlled experiments, she explores ways to beat the genetic set point for happiness. Staying in high spirits, she finds, is hard work...