December 2008

For happiness, you shouldn"t 'should"! Happy people are optimists and optimists are realists. They aim high and look for positives but they're also inherently realistic facing, when necessary, the cold hard realities of the day. Expect a lot from yourself and from life but...

Sharon Begley Newsweek Advice for anyone who wants to be happier: pick the right friends. For the increasing number of Americans who view happiness as a goal in and of itself rather than (sorry to be so old-fashioned) the result of, oh, leading a rewarding life...

One person's happiness starts a chain reaction that spreads to their friends and even their friend's friends, researchers found. Scientists have taken advantage of the tight networks of friends and family who are enrolled in the Framingham Heart Study to examine how social behaviors can...

First comes love - then comes retirement Survey: Couples have more happiness, less sex after they stop working The conventional wisdom about the way retirement affects married couples goes something like this: Once the husband and wife find themselves stuck in each other's company every minute of...

In the thick of a global financial crisis, many economists have come to this Himalayan kingdom to study a unique economic policy called Gross National Happiness, based on Buddhist principles. When considering economic development, policymakers here take into account respect for all living things, nature, community...

As I've written many times before, positive psychology is not just happiology; it is about enjoying positive emotions such as happiness as often as possible but it's also about approaching challenges and normal negative emotions, such as fear, in a constructive manner. This positive psychology...

For the full review - click here Happiness - Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener This book is written by a father-son team, Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener. Both have done extensive research in the happiness field, with latter collecting data,...

According to the wonderful science of positive psychology happiness is many things but primary, among the key drivers of happiness, is gratitude. And according to my friend Lionel Ketchian, gratitude is attitude - I hope you enjoy Lionel's (as always) simple but profound words...