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In life, happiness can seem fleeting and elusive, something just out of reach. Steve Corey/flickr

Why you shouldn’t want to always be happy

The positive psychology movement led to hundreds of studies dedicated to improving human happiness. So why has nothing changed?
Giving, or contributing, beyond ourselves is one of the strongest predictors of happiness and health. Shutterstock/Nikki Zalewski

Happy? Consider how giving builds a life of meaning

A philosophy based on giving of ourselves to others may help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, while helping to bridge the extremes of our emotions and beliefs.
Sunlight has repeatedly been found to boost positive moods, though the link is weaker than many people imagine. Image from

Here comes the sun: how the weather affects our mood

The weather supplies many metaphors for our changeable minds. Moods can brighten and darken, dispositions can be sunny, futures can be under a cloud and relationships can be stormy. Like the weather, our…
Being blindly and unrelentingly positive can be a burden to disease sufferers. Image from

Monday’s medical myth: you can think yourself better

Of all the cultural beliefs about health and illness that saturate the developed world, there is none so pervasive and deeply held as the idea that you can “battle” an illness by sheer force of will. We…
Positive psychology is not and has never been a “positive thinking” movement. Łukasz Strachanowski

Negative reports of positive psychology show ignorance isn’t bliss

Perhaps because the word positive automatically brings to mind the insufferable yellow smiley face, the field of positive psychology is struggling to get the respect that it deserves. Two articles in the…

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