Exploring the Link Between Health and Happiness

Exploring the Link Between Health and Happiness

And also some evidence that these types of interventions lead to improvements in mental health and life satisfaction for older adults. But there is enough evidence now to demonstrate that health is associated with those larger feelings of happiness and satisfaction with life.

What They Never Told You about Your First Love Story

What They Never Told You about Your First Love Story

As you start, try as best you can to steel yourself against a brain that will send out powerful messages, like shockwaves, about how unnatural this feels.

How Do You Teach Kids About Giving?

How Do You Teach Kids About Giving?

Sometimes I want my stuff and sharing it makes me feel bad.” This is a great time to ask them, “Why is giving good for us?” Explain what it does for happiness for themselves and everyone around them.

Can Becoming an Extravert Make an Introvert Happier?

Can Becoming an Extravert Make an Introvert Happier?

All previous studies in the literature, unlike the Jacques-Hamilton study, relied on assessing the correlation between introversion-extraversion and happiness as they naturally occur in people's lives (at least as stated on self-report questionnaires).

Why Sometimes Saying “No” to Your Kids is So Important

Why Sometimes Saying “No” to Your Kids is So Important

I don’t know any parent who enjoys it when their kids are angry at them, but if you continually give in to your children’s wishes and desires, doing whatever they want and getting them whatever they want, it creates an unrealistic expectation of how the world works.

3 Drug-Free Ways to Optimize In-the-Moment Happiness

3 Drug-Free Ways to Optimize In-the-Moment Happiness

According to Hoeppner et al., this is the first large study designed to investigate if self-administered, text-entry-based positive psychology writing exercises can significantly improve in-the-moment happiness for people recovering from problematic substance use.

What Is Really Happening When We Feel Authentic?

What Is Really Happening When We Feel Authentic?

The importance of being authentic Even in the absence of the current crisis facing the national psyche, American individualism demands that each and every person fully actualize, express unique characteristics and talents, and fully live according to one’s inviolable values, true to oneself.

Are You Experiencing a Happiness Hangover?

Are You Experiencing a Happiness Hangover?

Happiness hangovers are not unique to the holidays. You have been focused, concentrating your mental and physical energy on the event- the planning, the details, the work to make it happen, to make it a success.

What Not to Say to Your Kids

What Not to Say to Your Kids

A child who hears this kind of statement often may feel they can’t accomplish anything of worth because they’ll never be as good as their sibling. Even if you’re separated from your child’s other parent, it’s important to only say kind things about that person in front of your children.

Is Giving Actually a Gift to Yourself?

Is Giving Actually a Gift to Yourself?

In a new set of studies , Ed O’Brien and Samantha Kassirer found that people experienced more happiness giving to others than receiving the same gifts themselves.

Friendship May Be Sweeter For People Who Are Single

Friendship May Be Sweeter For People Who Are Single

Averaging across all of the participants, including those with and without romantic partners, the study showed that feeling close to the people in your social network is linked to better emotional well-being.

Home for the Holidays

§  Familiar surroundings and predictability (of their actions and words) by the people they know makes it easier for children to feel safe Children are like sponges; they can soak up parents' feelings, and then react to them.

Back Off: It Doesn’t Matter What College Your Kids Attend

Back Off: It Doesn’t Matter What College Your Kids Attend

Stacy Dale, a mathematician, and Alan Krueger, an economist, collaborated in two large-scale research studies (Dale & Kruger, 2002 & 2014) in which they effectively controlled for background characteristics of students attending colleges that varied in selectivity (based on average SAT scores of the entering class).

Why You Should Avoid Social Media After a Failure

Why You Should Avoid Social Media After a Failure

A second correlational study corroborated these findings and found that the more people believed their culture expected them not to experience negative feelings, the worse their emotional well-being was, and the more likely they were to ruminate about negative experiences in their own lives.

Are Children with Angelman Syndrome Really Happy?

Are Children with Angelman Syndrome Really Happy?

Luckily, this makes happiness even more common to Angelman syndrome than seizures, which are seen in only 80 percent of these children. Now, without actually being a person with Angelman syndrome, it’s impossible to really know what this happy demeanor feels like from the inside.

Navigating the Holidays During Politically Divided Times

Navigating the Holidays During Politically Divided Times

Everyone thinks they are right, including those who hold different political views. Focusing on our sameness and sticking to safe, common ground can help us make it through the holidays with family and friends who might hold opposing political views.

Is Your Child a High Achiever?

Is Your Child a High Achiever?

We’ll never know exactly why Alexandra’s suicide happened and if she suffered from perfectionism, but her story speaks to the link between high achievement and possible distress, anxiety, depression, and self-harm.

How to avoid life's biggest regrets: Advice from 90-year-olds

How to avoid life's biggest regrets: Advice from 90-year-olds

“It’s quite illuminating that when you get to that age, the things you long for the most, the things that make you happiest are those close relationships with family and friends,” Sohn said. People measure happiness differently when they assess themselves in the moment than when they think about life retrospectively, Sohn said.

Can Happiness Lead to Confidence?

Can Happiness Lead to Confidence?

Could the road to strong self-esteem be nudged by a conscious effort to shift to thoughts that bring greater happiness? Common sense suggests that when you’re happy, it’s more difficult to lack self-confidence and vice versa.

Talking With Girls About Sexual Abuse and Weight Gain.

Talking With Girls About Sexual Abuse and Weight Gain.

We can share with her that there is a strong connection between obesity and eating disorders in girls who have been sexually abused. What you can do to help girls with obesity who have been sexually abused?