February 2009

The positive psychology and happiness research has frequently touched upon love as a valuable positive emotion but rarely has it been referred to when positive psychology is applied to work places (despite the fact we know happiness at work is fundamentally important). As a result,...

Money is an emotional issue, especially during economic hard times. Social scientists have always warned that once a person's basic needs are met money doesn't buy happiness. But if you're wondering, or maybe even arguing over, what to do with any precious discretionary income these...

If I had to sum up the question I"ve been asked most frequently over the last few months, it would be something like "How can I cope with the current economic difficulties?" and/or "How can I keep my business or team focused when there are...

Can anything be more pure than a parent's love for a child? Parental love is one form of the character strength "capacity to love and be loved" as defined by Peterson and Seligman's Character Strengths and Virtues, a universally recognized notion. But is it possible...

Dan Gilbert claims that synthetic happiness, the happiness we experience when we imagine a given occurrence, is just as powerful as the happiness we receive when we actually experience an event. To read more - click here...

Can you 'catch' happiness from your friends, family and neighbours? Maybe, says one group of researchers who looked at how happiness spreads through social groups. They found that if you have a friend who is happy and who lives within a mile, it increases your...

One's happiness might seem like a personal subject, but a Kansas State University researcher says employers should be concerned about the well-being of their employees because it could be the underlying factor to success. Thomas Wright, Jon Wefald Leadership Chair in Business Administration and professor of...

Positive psychology research has clearly shown that one of the most significant contributors to happiness is the extent to which we have good quality and loving relationships in our lives. Today, I'm happy to bring you a short but interesting article from Positive Psychology News...

Spiritual Evolution: A Scientific Defense of Faith by George E. Vaillant, M.D. New York, Broadway Books, 2008, 256 pp., $24.95. MARC GALANTER, M.D. New York, N.Y. George Vaillant is well known to psychiatrists for his exacting research on the psychological aspects of adult development and the evolution of...

Ruut Veenhoven has been studying happiness for over 25 years. The a professor of sociology in Rotterdam and director of the World Database of Happiness - told Metro how the financial crisis will affect happiness: "Whether the financial crisis has made people less happy, one can...