Posts tagged "happiness"

Dealbreaker: He Told Me I Needed To “Be Happier”

On our last date, we sat next to each other on the floor of an Afghan restaurant, sharing a plate of kaddo bourani and a bottle of wine. He looked at me for long stretches of time without speaking, then he looked at the waitress, at the carpet, at the other diners. We came to the…

By: Allison McCarthy / March 11, 2015

America Has A New “Happiest” State

Dark horse Alaska has come from behind to claim the title of the happiest state in the US, LiveScience reports. Snagging the designation from 2013 winner North Dakota, Alaska—which didn’t even make the top 10 in 2013—topped Gallup’s Well-Being Index in 2014 for the first time since tracking began in 2008. North Dakota crashed to the…

By: Newser / February 22, 2015

Want To Feel Truly Happy? Then Stop Using These 2 Words ASAP

These two simple little words steal your joy fast (and, sometimes, steal it forever). When I was a little girl my mother never ate peaches. One day, I asked her why she wouldn’t eat those delicious, juicy fruits that tasted like  happiness to me. She explained that in 1935, she ate a peach and it made…

By: YourTango.com / February 5, 2015

Study: Optimism Is Good For Your Heart!

Want to avoid heart attacks, or, you know, just be able to run a mile without thinking you’re about to die? Try getting happy! A new study lead by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Center for Research Resources found that people with optimistic outlooks are twice as likely to have…

By: Claire Hannum / January 12, 2015

21 Tiny Ways To Have A Happier Year

I was surrounded by wonderful people and lots of champagne this New Year’s Eve, but I wasn’t really in the New Year’s spirit as the clock struck midnight. This year included some not-so-great stuff that I should’ve been thrilled to say goodbye to (and so many wonderful moments too), but something about 2014 didn’t feel…

By: Claire Hannum / January 5, 2015

Here’s The Happiest Country In The World

Gallup’s annual worldwide End Of Year survey interviewed over 64,000 people from 65 countries and asked them, among other things, whether they were happy with their lives. Despite how terribly world events played out in 2014, the world was 10 percent happier than in 2013, with 70 percent of participants reporting that they’re pleased with their…

By: Claire Hannum / January 2, 2015

Having A Bad Day? Channel This Ecstatic Dog Running Through A Water Fountain

Martha Bellingham was on her way to work when she felt compelled to stop and watch this dog, named Sasha, dancing around in a nearby fountain like she’d just won the lottery. Unlike we humans who get so caught up in our everyday worries, Sasha was able to just appreciate the simple joy of the…

By: Claire Hannum / October 2, 2014

Study Claims That “Happy Wife, Happy Life” Is Actually True

A new study from Rutgers University and the University of Michigan has found that in a heterosexual marriage, a wife’s happiness is more important to the survival of the relationship than her husband’s. Researchers studied 394 couples who’d been married for an average of 39 years. The couples were asked questions about whether their spouse…

By: Claire Hannum / September 26, 2014

Are These Real Life Rose-Colored Glasses?

Happy Lens sunglasses by Spy Optic are specially designed to boost your mood, alertness, and quality of sleep. Hard to believe, right? Apparently, science has confirmed their joy-inspiring abilities. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine found that blue-enriched white light made people happier and more alert, so these lenses were created…

By: Claire Hannum / July 30, 2014

Surprise: Going To An Ivy League Won’t Make You Any Happier As An Adult

This one is for everyone who freaked about the colleges they got into, if they were privileged enough to get into college at all: a Gallup-Purdue University poll found that the experiences you had in college rather than the type of school you went to, are the major factor in determining the happiness in your…

By: Claire Hannum / May 10, 2014

People Love Sex, Especially If They Think They’re Having More Than Everyone Else

People will find a way to be competitive about anything, because we’re all insecure jerks. That includes our sex lives. According to researchers at the University of Colorado, who are lucky enough to be paid to think about such things, having sex brings makes you feel awesome.  No duh, right? Professor Tim Wadsworth, who headed u…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 18, 2013

Study: People Who Spend Their Money On Experiences Are Happier

How you spend your money says a lot about you — and it says even more about whether or not you’re a happy person. A new study from San Francisco State University asked nearly 10,000 people to evaluate how happy they were. It found that people who spent their money on experiences were generally happier…

By: Julie Gerstein / April 6, 2012

8 Ways To Be Happier Right Now

I have a theory. Happiness isn’t about the situation we’re in. It’s about how we see and feel about the situation we’re in. And this is awesome news. Because that part is completely in our control. Which means you don’t have to change your life to get happier—you don’t need a bigger apartment, more expensive…

By: Amy Spencer / February 14, 2012

Delusion Does A Happy Marriage Make

A new study conducted at the University of Buffalo found that the secret to a happy marriage is being slightly delusional about your partner. Researchers found that those who tend to idealize their beloved do better than pragmatists like myself when it comes to long-term happiness in marriage. “People are very good at changing their…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 7, 2011

Happiness Is … Dancing Like A Spaz On National Television

In this case Happiness is a person on Ireland’s “Got to Dance” and not a human emotion. But her scat-inspired dance moves make me feel happier than I’ve felt in days. Every now and then someone comes along and reminds you what a joy it is to be alive. Happiness, I thank you. [The

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 7, 2011

Come On, Get Happy

Check out this wonderfully simple print from artist Marc Johns. Every time I look at it, I get the feeling that I’m being hypnotized, but in a good way: “You are getting happy, very happy…” [$20, Etsy]…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 2, 2011

Girl Talk: Can You Ever Truly Be Happy For Someone Else?

When I told my best friend I was happy for her because she was pregnant, it couldn’t have been further from the truth. The truth was that her announcement ruined my day, my week and my self-esteem. It added pressure to my already pressurized mid-30s brain and kept me awake at night with images of…

By: Annabelle Charbit / November 29, 2010

The Secrets Of Happiness

A dairy firm called Yeo Valley recently surveyed 4,000 adults in Britain about their lifestyles to determine what makes people happy. Think you know what the secret to happiness is? Lots of money? Sex? A happy relationship? Some of the answers may surprise you. Check ‘em out after the jump.

By: Wendy Atterberry / October 1, 2010
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