Our own study resoundingly finds that you can still be happy even if you want to have a child but are unable to.
We found people who own their home outright were 1.5 times as likely to be highly satisfied with life as renters. But it can be a different story if you have a mortgage – especially if you’re 50-plus.
The idea of a ‘calling’ has stretched far beyond its religious roots. But the way US society talks about meaningful work isn’t always helpful.
Women’s wellbeing paradox: unhappier than men but more social, with higher levels of emotional resilience.
Donors’ sentiments expressed on Twitter became more cheerful before they made a gift to support Wikipedia, researchers found.
People who are lonely lead sicker and shorter lives. Just like the guidelines for food and exercise, public health guidelines for social connection can help us all live happier and healthier lives.
After Finland was recently named the happiest country in the world for the sixth year in a row, it was suggested that positivity among the Finnish is related to their expectations.
Finns have good schools, public transport, and the difference between the highest- and lowest-paid is quite small. These are factors in high levels of happiness.
‘Happy’ music is usually written in a major key with a bright tone, featuring instruments with a bright timbre, such as trumpets or electric guitars.
The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime, so you might as well try and enjoy it.
By getting us to focus on what matters to our lives, affirmations can act as a counterbalance to spiralling negative thoughts.
Joy is very different from our other emotions.
Doing the little things has a role to play in maintaining our sense of happiness as well as in treating mental illness.
The concept of ‘wellbeing’ has been embraced everywhere. But there’s a downside to the obsession with ‘wellness’ that we need to examine.
The good news is that we can all improve our happiness levels with daily practice.
Day to day, sunshine might not affect our mood – but light and dark seasons do.
What I’ve learned on the journey to happiness.
Loneliness and social isolation are some of the strongest predictors of poor health. But many studies informing Canada’s new alcohol guidelines don’t consider social connection at all.
Tantrums and overflowing nappies are no fun. But happiness is more than a bunch of pleasant feelings, as influential philosophers have argued.
As the year ends, how has New Zealand fared on global and domestic measurements, from social and economic freedoms to tackling poverty and homelessness?