During times of stress and change, people are often advised to practice self-care by looking after themselves, yet what about the benefits of showing kindness to others?
Isolation and exclusion are common and damaging experiences.
The U-shaped curve of age and happiness doesn’t stand up to scrutiny, a new study finds.
What research tells us about what to keep and what to cut back on.
Pessimism, as explored by the philosopher Schopenhauer, offers tools to come to terms with the idea that refusing to relentlessly pursue happiness is perhaps the most reasonable attitude.
A sociologist took a critical look at the cherished career advice to ‘follow your passion.’ What she found is that this advice often brings unintended consequences.
According to a recent study, optimists were more likely to live into their nineties.
A scholar of digital religion and Buddhism argues that not all Western Buddhism practice is inauthentic. Here’s a way to know what’s real.
Finland was recently ranked, for the fifth year in a row, as the world’s happiest country. Trust in others in society plays a large role in what makes people there – and elsewhere – happy.
This important benefit does more than just help parents in terms of dollars and cents.
Fixing the climate crisis can be a source of pleasure and not just pain.
Plus, the social pressure some people feel to be happy in the world’s happiest countries. Listen to The Conversation Weekly.
People are obsessed with finding happiness. But what if
They say to improve your mood you should fake a smile and roll with the crowd. But research suggests the more pressure you feel to be happy, the worse you’ll end up feeling.
Age is no longer the only definition of midlife. An expert in aging explains why.
Could bringing back words with positive meanings make us happier?
Compared to people who aren’t as good at math, people who are better at math are more happy when they have high incomes and less happy when they have lower incomes.
Research shows that people with more flow in their lives had a higher sense of well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists are beginning to explore what happens in the brain during flow.
As the year ends, New Zealand has done well in important global measures of success. But closer to home, the numbers often told a different story.
Some people might struggle a little harder to enhance their wellbeing than others.