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 ?
After Christmas, and the Boxing Day sales, it seems like a good time to ask: what is the purpose of all this consumption?
Because educating young people about mental health and well-being is no simple task
With age comes wisdom ... and happiness.
Last year, ChildLine was contacted every 30 minutes by a young person having suicidal thoughts.
We all deserve a bit of 'hygge' in our lives. Here's what it's all about.
Do we really need to introduce a well-being league table to tackle mental health issues in schools?
People are buying more and more things. But does that make them more contented?
Well-being is a subjective notion – but that doesn't mean it can't be quantified.
Happy employees, whose basic needs are met, are essential to a productive business.
The positive psychology movement led to hundreds of studies dedicated to improving human happiness. So why has nothing changed?
On Twitter's 10th birthday, we look at how researchers have used the platform for a range of studies, from predicting the next flu outbreak to identifying the happiest city in America.