May 2008

I've always maintained that happiness is not just feeling good during good times. It is this but in addition, happiness is also effectively working through difficult times. It's bouncing back from adversity. Happiness is learning from mistakes. And it's overcoming obstacles. In short, happiness involves...

Happiness, not wages, key to job satisfaction Published: 23/05/2008 The Press and Journal IT SEEMS that there is more to life than money - and job satisfaction is more important than perhaps some may have assumed. More than 2,000 workers were asked if they would take a pay cut...

May 21, 2008, 9:54 am Introducing: The Happiness Index By Freakonomics The press is calling it the Dow Jones Industrial Average of American well-being. Every day, since January of this year, pollsters have called 1,000 Americans to quiz them on their health and happiness. The first...

Syracuse University professor Arthur Brooks's new book, "Gross National Happiness," advances the provocative hypothesis that conservatives are happier than liberals: "Political conservatives take the happiness prize hands down." Why? For one thing, they are more likely to be married, which generally correlates with happiness. (Although...

On a fairly regular basis I receive emails from readers and members of our "happiness community" in which I'm invited to read or review stories, poems and pictures the sender found inspiring or stimulating or useful in some way. Most, not surprisingly, are directly...

One of the more popular and successful happiness strategies to emerge from the Positive Psychology research is typically referred to as the "three good things" exercise. Quite simply, findings suggest that you can significantly boost your happiness by, at the end of each day,...

As regular readers of my writings would well be aware, at The Happiness Institute we believe happiness, and especially happiness at work, involves much more than just smiling and laughing and having fun. These things are all important but happiness at work ALSO involves...

"Men are what they are because their characters, but it is in action that they find happiness or the reverse." - Aristotle...

A few months ago I went through a rough patch health wise. Although it was nothing serious I experienced a few weeks when I was far from my best and as a result, I didn't have the energy levels I normally have (partly due...