The Psychology and theory of happiness

The Psychology, Theory, and Science of Happiness (+ 16 Best Articles)

I will admit that when I learned that I was to write an article on the psychology, theory, and science of happiness, I thought “easy!”. Little did I know the overwhelming depth of this topic! I found myself asking questions – can science explain happiness? Can happiness be measured? W
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Which come first when comparing success versus happiness? Most people believe that through success they will automatically become happier, but is that true?

Success Versus Happiness – What is More Important?

What is more important to you, happiness or success? According to psychologist Daniel Gilbert, who is a psychology professor at Harvard, happiness is the ultimate goal of virtually all the decisions we make in life (Gilbert, 2010). Gilbert suggests that the measure of a good decision
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Books on Happiness

15 Best Happiness Books and Are They Worth Your Time?

There is a wealth of material out there about happiness. Perhaps your ‘taste-buds’ have been tempted by reading about happiness – either on this website, in your practice, or forming research. You would have found that there are some fantastic books on what is a very broad topic. But
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The Science behind happiness at work

Happiness at Work: 10 Tips for How to be Happy at Work

How often do you consider quitting your job and feel that you are not getting paid enough for the dedication and service you offer your organization? Happiness and satisfaction are subjective concepts – while for some of us monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction,
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How to find Inner Peace and Happiness

How to Find Inner Peace and Happiness (Incl. Mantras + Quotes)

Inner peace is closely related to happiness. From Buddhist philosophy to Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, they have all been strong proponents of inner peace. “The pursuit of inner peace is more important than the search for happiness or success.” – Chris Shea If you wan
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Understanding the science of happiness

The Science of Happiness (Incl. 7 Best Videos + Podcast)

With the rise of positive psychology, there has been an ever-increasing focus on the good things in life: compassion, forgiveness, joy, elevation, success, thriving, and well-being – and, of course, happiness. What used to be the realm of entertainment magazines and self-help gu
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The Philosophy of Happiness in Life

The Philosophy of Happiness in Life (+ Aristotle’s View)

Happiness. It is a term we throw about without much thought these days… my guess is that, actually, you think you know what is meant by saying someone is happy. We all hope to be happy and live a ‘good life’– whatever that means! Do you wonder what does it actually mean? The basic rol
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The Best TED Talks on Happiness

The 13 Best Happiness TED Talks on YouTube

Happiness is universally desired by humans. In general, happiness refers to people’s sense of wellness in their lives – in both thoughts and actions (Diener & Tay, 2017, p. 90). Research studies have confirmed that “being happy” is beneficial on several accounts, from having
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What is flow in psychology

What is Flow in Psychology? Definition and 10+ Activities to Induce Flow

Have you ever been completely and utterly immersed in a task? Oblivious to the outside world, focused only on your own progress and what’s going on right here and now? Maybe you’ve been doing something you love, like playing music or a certain sport, before realizing that time has tot
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Life Satisfaction Theory and 4 Contributing Factors (Incl. SWLS Scale)

If you’re a bit confused about the many, many terms being thrown around related to happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction, you’re not alone!  There are so many ways to talk about this topic in positive psychology that it’s easy to get bogged down in ambiguity. For laymen and tho
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Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

Pollyanna Principle: The Psychology of Positivity Bias

When you think of “bias” you probably think of it in terms of something negative. For example, you might think of being biased against a group of people and link it to racism, or you may think of the theory of confirmation bias, which states that we often ignore all the evidence that
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mood charts

7 Best Mood Tracker Ideas For Your Bullet Journal Mood Charts (+PDFs)

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. This is true in business, health, and can even be applied to personal life. The fact is unless an individual is able to organize, analyze and process the data they’re working with, reaching an accurate conclusion can be difficult. Firstly, beca
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parenthood paradox

Why You Should Have Never Had Kids (If You Want To Be Happy, That Is)

Do you think having children makes you happier? If so, think again. Research shows (over and over again) that having children reduces happiness (e.g. Anderson, Russel, & Schumm, 1983 or Campbell, 1981), even though parents think it will make them happier. This phenomenon is known
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The PERMA Model: Your Scientific Theory of Happiness

Everyone seems to be in the pursuit of happiness nowadays. There are many ways to reach happiness, though including training your mind for happiness, spending money on others to promote happiness, and following the code to well-being and happiness. Most of us think we know what happin
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hope and happiness

How “Hope” Can Keep You Happy If You Do It Right

“The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do ho
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3 suggestions for a truly AWE–some life awe experience

What is Awe? A Definition And 3 Ways To Live An ‘Awesome’ Life

We all have the leading part in the play of our life. Our aims and goals seem very important and time has long been added to the list of scarce resources. But every now and then a moment of awe manages to challenge our understanding of the world. As a result, we feel pleasantly insign
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