March 2008

Behind the happiness and positive psychology scene there's an interesting debate going on about the value of the so called "negative emotions". As regular readers of mine would be well aware, I don't in any way suggest that happiness is just about feeling good...

I've referred several times already to a great new book by Sonja Lyubomirsky titled "The How of Happiness" and in this book Prof. Lyubomirsky refers often to findings that about 50% of our happiness is genetically determined but the other 50% is due to circumstances...

I've been unwell lately. Nothing serious but enough for me to take a day off work and feel decidedly "off colour". Among other things, it's made me think about being unwell and staying happy. In fact I'm often asked about the relationship...

This happiness quote is not so obvious. Check out Einstein's words and my happiness translation below: If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. - Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-born American Physicist If you want real happiness then don't leave out...

Here's the unedited version of my Body + Soul column that went to print today. Please enjoy and as always, feel free to send your thoughts, questions or happiness related comments to drhappy@thehappinessinstitute.com. The incredible power of the mind Most of you have probably...

Although we've not focused on in much here at The Happiness Institute (although we may well be incorporating it more into our happiness endeavours in the near future) we're often asked about the role of laughter and it's contribution to happiness. Well here's an interesting...

I've referred to his works before and that's because he continues to write with wisdom and eloquence. Please enjoy yet more thoughts on happiness from Lionel Ketchion...