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

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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 post-grad quality of life. I’m guessing this could come as a major comfort to those high school juniors and seniors who are vying for spots at Princeton, Harvard and Yale. Keep reading »

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

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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 up the study and authored the paper “Sex and the Pursuit of Happiness: How Other People’s Sex Lives are Related to Our Sense of Well-Being,” noted that “there’s an overall increase in sense of well-being that comes with engaging in sex more frequently.” But, get this: When people perceive — via media, friends and whatnot — that they’re having more sex than other people, that makes them feel even happier. Keep reading »

Study: People Who Spend Their Money On Experiences Are Happier

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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 than people who spent their money on material goods. Experience-oriented spenders–people who’d rather spend their cash on a dinner with friends, a trip or a movie rather than a new shirt — also reported that they got along better with others and experienced less anxiety than their materialistic counterparts. 

That’s in part, said the study’s lead researcher Ryan Howell, an assistant professor at San Francisco State, because experiential spenders are bigger risk takers. “You are taking a bigger risk on a night at a new restaurant or play,” he said. “You can’t return a trip or a meal the way you can return something from a store.”

So what kind of spender are you? Experiential or material? [NY Times]

8 Ways To Be Happier Right Now

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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 shoes or a perfect relationship to be happy—you just have to change how you look at the life you already have. That’s what I call seeing life “bright side up” and in my new book, Bright Side Up, I offer one hundred ways to do just that. To get you started, here are eight ways to see your next situation from a better perspective so you can feel happier right now. Keep reading »

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 definitions to match how they want to see themselves or how they want to see others … Seeing a less-than-ideal partner as a reflection of one’s ideals predicted a certain level of immunity to the corrosive effects of time,’’ said head researcher, Sandra Murry. Aaahhh, so there is immunity to the corrosive effects of time on long-term love relationships — being out of touch with reality. You mean, I too have the power to control my romantic future with a glass-always-half-full kind of attitude and a pair of rose-colored spectacles that I leave on at all times? I am soooo screwed. [Boston.com] Keep reading »

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 Hairpin] Keep reading »

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