GDP only measures economic growth – not inequality, poverty or unpaid work like elder care. So researchers in the Netherlands developed a new way for governments to see how people are actually doing.
A growing online movement believes that giving up masturbation can make us happier and boost our testosterone levels.
Receiving a pay raise will make you feel happier only if it was bigger than what you had expected. Why? Because it helps you learn.
New data shows how unhappy and polarised America has become – due largely to COVID-19.
Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, but we shouldn't let it take over our lives.
The brain is surprisingly changeable.
Governments use a variety of labor market policies to support workers who lose their jobs – each with a different impact on a country's well-being.
Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote 'all's well that ends well'.
The current chaos means there is perhaps greater receptivity to alternative ways of thinking and being.
The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Americans with lower incomes today are less happy than they were 40 years ago. Could the growing class divide be to blame?
Once something bound up with other people, more recently 'happiness' is seen as something very individual. Has our dependence on each other during lockdown changed our sense of where happiness lies?
Our study of 14,000 Australians shows the effect of 18 major life events on happiness and life satisfaction.
The virus threatens our health both directly and indirectly, placing the future of global happiness in serious jeopardy.
Mood tracking apps are sophisticated tools that track, measure and improve our emotions. But doing so may make our emotional data vulnerable to interested third parties.
Traditional fishers are one of the most economically vulnerable professions in Indonesia. But, my research found that they are happier than those in other professions.
In these times of fear and uncertainty, many of us face daily decisions regarding the right thing to do. An ethicist offers guidance on how to think through them.
Gratitude has a strong connection to well-being, but more than that, two psychologists say, it could have a powerful effect on others. So, don't hold back when it comes to expressing it.
With a deepening climate crisis, unprecedented biodiversity loss and widespread inequality, it's pertinent to question if indefinite GDP growth will deliver true and long-lasting prosperity.
There are many ways to be happy, but we can also find comfort in the knowledge that our constant dissatisfaction is what makes us human.