September 2011

I thought you might find the following research summary, from a recent edition of The Journal of Positive Psychology, interesting...

Looking on the bright side of life could be one of the keys to living a long and happy existence, writes Marty Wilson. In Hamlet, Shakespeare wrote ''there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so''. Being someone who is absurdly optimistic, to the...

I've written before about how happiness can come from the darkest moments; how happiness comes at least partly from learning from our mistakes; how happiness is not just about enjoying the good times but also about getting through the tough times.  Well, here comes an interesting...

from Science News People who volunteer may live longer than those who don't, as long as their reasons for volunteering are to help others rather than themselves, suggests new research published by the American Psychological Association. This was the first time research has shown volunteers' motives can...

I recently read this article in the NY Times which supports what I've been saying for many years now...

Happiness is positive emotion and so much more.  Happiness is engagement with life and utilisation of strengths; happiness is building positive relationships and connecting with others; happiness is finding meaning and purpose and having clear life goals; happiness is achieving those life goals and experiencing satisfaction...

Creativity and happiness - what's the link? Is there even one?  I think there is; and I think there's a very strong one; however I think the link is with different forms of "the arts" for different people.  For example (and as some of you would already...

Is it OK to be a bit negative if it protects you from potential hurt and loss?  Is it OK to guard against misery and other negative emotions even if it limits your happiness and the experience of positive emotions?  In short, the simple answer to these...