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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

  • 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

  • Encouraging young people at high-risk of delinquency to see happiness rather than anger in facial expressions appears to dampen their levels of anger and aggression... More

    Seeing Happiness in Ambiguous Facial Expressions Reduces Aggressive Behavior

    Encouraging young people at high-risk of delinquency to see happiness rather than anger in facial expressions appears to dampen their levels of anger and aggression... 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

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