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 insigni
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Happiness & All You Need To Know About The Science Behind It

Happiness as a human pursuit is ingrained in our actions for as long as we can remember and positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.  Whether on a global or i
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hedonic adaptation treadmill

The Hedonic Treadmill – Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows?

Can you remember a time you were dreaming about something, maybe a new car, a promotion at work, moving into a nicer house or finding a partner to share life with? Do you remember fantasizing about how happy you would be? And then, when you finally got it, that happiness boost didn’t
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The Subjective Happiness Scale and Other Happiness Measures

Happiness is one of the most sought after dispositions. Regardless of culture, socioeconomic status and geography happiness appears to be universally recognized as presented by the World Happiness Report.  Despite the human pursuit of happiness, it still remains an elusive concept wit
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random acts of kindness

Random Acts of Kindness: An Exercise for Increasing Wellbeing

The goal of the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ exercise is to increase wellbeing by consciously performing acts of kindness. Becoming more aware of one‘s own kind behaviour toward other people has been found to increase subjective wellbeing (Otake et al., 2006). Background A st
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Subjective Well-Being: Your Life, Your Happiness

Pondering the idea of whether or not one has lived a fulfilling life is by no means uncommon; rather, it is an essential part of being human. This is based on the evaluation of one’s own affective reactions and cognitive judgements. As the term suggests, subjective well-being is
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Life coach using PERMA Model

Happiness & Wellbeing Coaching with PERMA

In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought process, explore the various aspects of the model and how it relates to the client’s experience, which leads to deeper insights and
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the good life

What Is The “Good Life”?

A lot has been said and written about the “good life”, and with some 7.3 billion people on this planet, there are quite possibly as many opinions on what it constitutes. If I have learnt one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very subjective word. Your values create yo
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benefits of negative emotions is the key to wellbeing

The Benefits of Negative Emotions: 3 Keys to Wellbeing

Negative emotions are beneficial. There I said it. Ok, ok, I know it sounds controversial that negativity brings health especially in the era of “smile and the world will smile back at you” we live in. Everywhere we look, there are messages such as, “Smile more often
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Life Satisfaction and Its 7 Contributing Factors

Life satisfaction is a complex term and is sometimes used interchangeably with the emotion of happiness, but they are indeed two separate concepts. Life satisfaction is defined as one’s evaluation of life as a whole, rather then the feelings and emotions that are experienced in
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Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What’s Right

We humans love experiencing positive things. Whether it’s receiving gifts, achieving a desired outcome, or simply getting compliments, we tend to remember the positive events for a long time. For some time now, there is  a line of research being conducted into a psychological co
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eudaimonia happiness and wellbeing according greeks

Eudaimonia: Personal Happiness According to the Greeks

Eudaimonia (also known as Eudaemonism) is a Greek word, which refers to a state of having a good indwelling spirit or being in a contented state of being healthy, happy and prosperous. In moral philosophy, eudaimonia is used to refer to the right actions as those that result in the we
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How Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness

They say that money makes the world go ’round, and many people spend their lives trying to earn as much money as they can. But how does money interact with personal happiness? Though having enough money to live comfortably certainly contributes to happiness up to a point, studie
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