Being happy involves not shying away from pain, misery or distress.
To counter the unbalanced effects of the digital age, reading literature is the key.
It's all about doing things well.
William Isdale speaks with Emrys Westacott about how living simply can bring happiness in an increasingly complex world.
What makes for a thriving nation and happy citizens? Values. A nation's institutions need people with supporting underlying values to perform at their best.
The Republican tax plan would ultimately make the current system less progressive while reducing the overall burden, two things research shows make countries less happy.
Jobs of the future will require emotional intelligence to complement the sophisticated machines we work with, so we need to equip young people with this vital skill
Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
Is a smile really the best accessory? Science says yes.
When dementia patients use photos and music to produce digital stories about events in their lives, they start to remember. They also face their fears about the disease, and experience happiness.
The craze for measurement has become a hallmark of local and national public policy. Exploring the limits of quantification allows us to understand the advantages of developing alternative indicators.
In a series of experiments, we showed the high value we place on happiness is not only associated with increased levels of depression, it may actually be the underlying factor.
A review of the research suggests
that pressure to put on a happy face could make us more aggressive.
The best sort of life would include both happiness and meaningfulness. Although one sometimes has to choose between these two values, one ought to strive for a life in which there's plenty of both.
Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we live in an age that ignores or devalues them. But we've much to gain from feeling sad now and again.
Looking for a lifelong Valentine? Psychologists suggest taking a closer look at your best friend. The things we want in a good friend are many of the same things we expect from a romantic partner.
Having a job plays an important role in our overall happiness – yet research also shows most of us are unhappy while we're at work.
It's not all about health and wealth.
Researchers teamed up with artist Imogen Heap to discover what music makes babies laugh.
Increasing well-being is generally accepted as one of the essential components of social progress. But which measure of well-being – if any – should we use ?