Around the World, People Have Surprisingly Modest Notions of the Ideal Life

Rather than being “maximizers,” people seem to aspire to moderate ideal levels of traits, such as pleasure, intelligence, personal freedom, and longevity. More

  • Having a happy spouse can lead to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. More

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    People With Happy Spouses May Live Longer

    Having a happy spouse can lead to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. More

  • Longitudinal research reveals that self-reported feelings of well-being tend to increase with age, but that a person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born. More

    Happiness Increases with Age, Across Generations

    Longitudinal research reveals that self-reported feelings of well-being tend to increase with age, but that a person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born. More

  • Positive emotions are often seen as critical aspects of healthy living, but new research suggests that the link between emotion and health outcomes may vary by cultural context. More

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    Link Between Positive Emotions and Health Depends on Culture

    Positive emotions are often seen as critical aspects of healthy living, but new research suggests that the link between emotion and health outcomes may vary by cultural context. More

  • A psychological study suggests that happy people may have an easier time in justifying their own immoral behavior. More

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    Can Happiness Lead to Thievery?

    A psychological study suggests that happy people may have an easier time in justifying their own immoral behavior. More

  • New psychological findings show why a country’s economic growth doesn’t always translate into greater happiness for its citizens. More

    Economic Growth Can’t Buy Happiness

    New psychological findings show why a country’s economic growth doesn’t always translate into greater happiness for its citizens. More

  • Data from a study of German adults showed that people who adopted socially-focused strategies reported increased life satisfaction one year later. More

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    Social Pursuits Linked With Increased Life Satisfaction

    Data from a study of German adults showed that people who adopted socially-focused strategies reported increased life satisfaction one year later. More

  • When thanking someone, individuals underestimate the level of happiness their expression of gratitude brings to the recipient, a series of experiments shows. More

    People Underestimate the Power of Saying ‘Thanks’

    When thanking someone, individuals underestimate the level of happiness their expression of gratitude brings to the recipient, a series of experiments shows. More

  • A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have. More

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    Got a Dollar? You May Be Happier if You Spend it on Someone Else

    A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may be equally important as the amount you have. More

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