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Armand Nicholi, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, asks his students each year whether or not the people around them are generally happy. Almost always he is answered with a resounding no. Happiness is also the reason why you have come here to...

Chinese New Year's treats include candy, seeds, fresh fruit and dried and candied fruits. Fresh fruits include oranges, tangerines, clementines and kumquats, all symbols of abundant happiness. Look for tangerines with their leaves intact, which are believed to bring security in relationships with family and...

Sufiy Davis was watching an episode of Oprah when she had an epiphany. In the Playing It Forward episode she was watching Oprah was giving $1,000 gift cards to each of her guests with the stipulation that they spend the money on a complete stranger...

Money cannot buy you happiness, according to new research from the University of Ulster. The most important sources of happiness are good health and freedom from financial worries, Professor Vani Borooah found. He studied more than 3,000 interviews from the Poverty and Social Exclusion in Northern Ireland...

From childhood to old age, we are taught to do something in life and the motivation behind that 'something" is usually money. We market ourselves to big firms to get a job, hoping to accumulate a chunk of cash in the future. America is a...

I recently came across the following tips for achieving happiness in the workplace (thanks to JoAnna Brandi). 1) Positivity - Be positive, and focus on the positive in both the people around you and in the company in general. This means you're looking at...

What the hell is happiness, and where can I buy me some? Movies and magazines propounding the great American - read Australian - dream of entrepreneurialism are fessing up that it simply isn"t the job of capitalism to make us happy. Rather, the onus of...

The Happiness of This World - By Karl Kirchwey It has been such a comfort, such a pleasure, to have had this book at elbow the past few weeks. You can read a book of poems from cover to cover, if you want - there are no...

The Department of Happiness is the name given to an advisory committee, formed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, that is exploring what policy-makers can do to improve British spirits. Panel member Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development at the University of Surrey, tells Scott...

As has been touched on in other blog postings we, at The Happiness Institute believe that happiness will come to those who focus on positives and practice the positive psychology principles of happiness proven to work. At the same time, however, there's no doubt that...