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How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain. Do these exercises for two minutes a day and you’ll immediately feel happier, researchers say. The Secret of Happiness (It's Not What You Think)  The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.

The Secret of Happiness (It's Not What You Think) 

"What's the source of happiness? " a student at Princeton University asked the Dalai Lama. Looking around at the students waiting for his answer, the Dalai Lama paused a beat or two, then called out: "Money! " Another beat or two: "Sex! " When the Universe Strips You Bare. In the last two years I lost my house, two cars, my mother-in-law, and my cat – all due to events that were beyond my control.

When the Universe Strips You Bare

I moved 600 miles away from my friends and family to start a new job in an unfamiliar city. 11 Things You Can Do Every Day To Be Happier. Posted By FaithHub FaithHub Do you find yourself on auto-pilot, stuck in the same unsatisfying loop from day to day?

11 Things You Can Do Every Day To Be Happier

Or maybe you are in a stressful season of life, whether it’s starting a new job, having a baby, moving, or balancing school and work and a social life. When You Smile, It Changes How You See Others. By Natalie Shoemaker Christian Jarrett from NYMag writes that when we smile, we feel joy.

When You Smile, It Changes How You See Others

Many scientific studies, dating back to the 19th century, have linked the act of turning up the corners of our mouths to that fuzzy feeling known as happiness. A (small) recent study, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, seeks to contribute to this body of research on smiling. The premise of this study, however, explores how smiling changes how we process other people's emotions. 5 Signs You're On the Right Path. The mysterious “right path” often talked about may not descend from the heavens paved in gold, and it probably won’t knock on your door and tell you to follow it.

5 Signs You're On the Right Path

Make your job interesting. New research in the emerging field of positive psychology is challenging the view that some jobs are simply dull, boring and meaningless.

Make your job interesting

Founder of the Wholebeing Institute, and author of Happier, Dr Tal Ben-Shahar, says we often fail to recognise the rich sources of pleasure and meaning that can be found in any job. All too often, he says, the potential to enjoy our work goes unnoticed as our focus is on the routine and mundane aspects. A study by Amy Wrzesniewski and Jane Dutton reported in the Academy of Management Journal supports the view that a chosen attitude and willingness to perform a routine job in a different way can make all the difference in our happiness and well-being. The study examined two groups of hospital cleaners. 5 ways you can find happiness through family, faith and friends. Believe it or not, money actually can buy you happiness — to an extent.

5 ways you can find happiness through family, faith and friends

People with higher incomes tend to report higher life satisfaction than those with lower incomes, no matter how high their incomes go, according to a new study written by economists Betsy Stevenson and Justin Wolfers from the University of Michigan. "The relationship between well-being and income does not diminish as incomes rise. If there is a satiation point, we are yet to reach it," the researchers wrote, according to U.S. News. But two researchers from Princeton University found in 2010 that money makes people's lives happier — until they make $75,000, according to Inc., which reported on the research. 5 ways you can find happiness through family, faith and friends. 5 ways you can find happiness through family, faith and friends. Talking To Strangers During Your Commute Might Make You Happier, So Maybe It's Time To Dust Off Your Small Talk Skills. Bad news for people who hate other people (like, um, me): Science thinks you (I) should get over your (my) fear of small talk, because apparently talking to people during your daily commute can actually make you happier.

Talking To Strangers During Your Commute Might Make You Happier, So Maybe It's Time To Dust Off Your Small Talk Skills

I mean, granted, I work from home, so I don’t actually have a commute… but if I did, maybe I’d try to make it a goal to take my headphones out of my ears during it once or twice a week. Who knows? Maybe this study is onto something. Study authors Nicholas Epley and Juliana Shroeder knew that previous research had revealed that social interaction gives our happiness levels a big boost, all those studies had mostly focused on existing connections that people already had: The ties between family members, friends, and loved ones.

Epley and Shroeder were curious about whether these benefits held true for interactions with complete strangers. The Experiment: The Findings: Trim the fat for happiness, says latest diet research. Diets high in fat can lead to not only weight gain and heart disease, but depression and behavior changes, according to a new study at Louisiana State University in the US.

Trim the fat for happiness, says latest diet research

These changes come about due to the high-fat diet’s affect on the gut microbiome, according to the study. The microbiome is a term used to describe the overall composition of microorganisms that reside in the intestinal tract, most of which are necessary for normal physiological functioning, although poor diversification can lead to health problems. Working with mice, the research team set out to test whether an obesity-related microbiome could also affect behavior and mood. They transferred the gut microbiota from mice that had been fed either a high-fat diet or a control diet into adult mice of normal weight that had been kept on a normal diet. Trim the fat for happiness, says latest diet research. The key to our happiness is connection, not competition. There are two different sides to human nature.

The key to our happiness is connection, not competition

Both are important, but the balance between them has huge implications for our wellbeing, culture and future. One side of our nature is self-interested. This is our in-built instinct to do whatever we can to survive and thrive, often at the expense of others. The other side is co-operative and leads us to help others even when there is no direct benefit for ourselves. The key to our happiness is connection, not competition. The key to our happiness is connection, not competition. Celebrate World Happiness Day with 7 Research-Based Ideas to Increase Your Joy! (My Favorite is #4).

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Three Ways to Happiness: Doing, Thinking and Being  24 Hours of Happiness  Occasionally a new great song comes around that captivates me. Pharrell William's 2013 song "Happy" is one of those. It is infectious and immediately makes you feel happy; as a result it has taken the world by storm. The song currently has over 595 million views on YouTube and a dedicated website 24hoursofhappiness.com, co-branded with the United Nations Foundation. Many countries and cities have already made their own music video versions to Pharrel William's song. Pets important to happiness - Clovis News Journal. Looking For Love? Playfulness Ranks High In Personality Trait Most Desired In Partners. On the quest for love, singles have a list of desirable traits they’re looking for in an ideal partner. Shared values, physical attraction, and an emotional connection are among them, but there's an irresistible personality trait that’s ranked higher than a degree, good genes, or religion.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Play, when it comes to desirable attributes in sexual selection, playfulness is important regardless of gender. Looking For Love? Playfulness Ranks High In Personality Trait Most Desired In Partners. Opting out? About 10% of highly educated moms are staying at home. How do Americans stand out from the rest of the world? The differences between America and other nations have long been a subject of fascination and study for social scientists, dating back to Alexis de Tocqueville, the early 19th century French political thinker who described the United States as “exceptional.” Nearly 200 years later, Americans’ emphasis on individualism and work ethic stands out in surveys of people around the world. When Pew Research Center surveyed people in 44 countries last spring, 57% of Americans disagreed with the statement “Success in life is pretty much determined by forces outside our control,” a higher percentage than most other nations and far above the global median of 38%.

True to the stereotype, surveys showed that Americans are more likely to believe that hard work pays off. Key to domestic bliss is four family meals a week, multiple tablet computers and Netflix. Can money buy happiness? - Dunwoody Crier: Our Columnists. The Boxer Show on Buckeye Country 105.5. Posted Monday, March 9th 2015 @ 10am. 34 - the happiest year of your life says new research. Greg Bell: The decades-long Grant Study's conclusion: 'Happiness is love. Full stop.' The Harvard Study of Adult Development — better known as the Grant Study — began in 1938 and was sustained for decades, looking at what made people healthy, sustainable and happy.

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