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The search for happiness: Using MRI to find where happiness happens
Japanese researchers have mapped out using MRI where happiness emerges in the brain. The study, published in Scientific Reports, paves the way for measuring happiness objectively -- and also provides insights on a neurologically based way of being happy. (2015-11-20)

Money won't buy you happiness
Money is not the key to happiness, argues an editorial in this week's BMJ - but family networks and having a full life outside work may do the trick. (2005-12-22)

Migration for more money does not bring more happiness
New research reveals that people who migrate to wealthier countries aren't any happier! (2013-07-22)

What's so bad about feeling happy?
Why is being happy, positive and satisfied with life the ultimate goal of so many people, while others steer clear of such feelings? It is often because of the lingering belief that happiness causes bad things to happen, says Mohsen Joshanloo and Dan Weijers. Their article, published in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies, is the first to review the concept of aversion to happiness. (2014-03-17)

Spirituality is key to kids' happiness
Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada show that children who feel that their lives have meaning and value and who develop deep, quality relationships -- both measures of spirituality -- are happier. It would appear, however, that their religious practices have little effect on their happiness. These findings have been published in the online edition of Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies. (2009-01-08)

What does 'happiness' mean to consumers? Does age matter?
Happiness means different things to different consumers, depending on whether they're focused on the future or the present, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. (2012-02-14)

Living happily in a material world: Material purchases can bring happiness
In a recent study from the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers have shown that material purchases, from sweaters to skateboards, provide more frequent happiness over time, whereas experiential purchases, like a trip to the zoo, provide more intense happiness on individual occasions. (2015-12-21)

Genes hold the key to how happy we are, scientists say
Happiness in life is as much down to having the right genetic mix as it is to personal circumstances according to a recent study. (2008-03-04)

Can pursuing happiness make you unhappy?
Researchers have found that people who pursue happiness often feel like they do not have enough time in the day, and this paradoxically makes them feel unhappy. Aekyoung Kim of Rutgers University in the US and Sam Maglio of the University of Toronto Scarborough in Canada have investigated this effect in a study in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, which is published by Springer and is an official journal of the Psychonomic Society. (2018-03-12)

Can cruise vacations contribute to well-being?
A new International Journal of Tourism Research study indicates that cruise vacations are not only for fun but can also be beneficial for individuals' happiness and well-being. (2018-01-24)

People mean most for our collective happiness
Swedish soccer star Zlatan is associated with happiness, but not iPhones. A new study at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Lund University suggests that our collective picture of what makes us happy is more about relationships, and less about things. (2013-10-07)

Binge drinking youths find getting old a drag
Young men who believe that happiness declines with age are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors such as binge drinking. Their misguided negative view of the aging process may act as a disincentive to behave (2009-12-01)

Parents inclined to misjudge child happiness based on personal feelings
Parents' estimations of their children's happiness differ significantly from the child's own assessment of their feelings, according to a new study by psychologists at Plymouth University. (2015-07-31)

Happy older people live longer, say researchers
Happy older people live longer, according to Duke-NUS Medical School researchers. In a study published today, the authors found that an increase in happiness is directly proportional with a reduction in mortality. The study, which focused on Singaporeans aged 60 years and older, found that even small increments in happiness may be beneficial, suggesting individual activities as well as government policies and programs that maintain or improve psychological well-being may contribute to longer life. (2018-08-27)

Happiness is ... looking forward to your vacation
It takes more than a vacation to make people happy. Indeed, vacationers tend to be happier than non-vacationers in the lead up to their break, but once they are back, there is very little difference between the two groups' levels of happiness. These findings by Jeroen Nawijn from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences and his team are published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life. (2010-02-18)

'Happiness gap' in the US narrows
The American population as a whole is no happier than it was three decades ago. But happiness inequality -- the gap between the happy and the not-so-happy -- has narrowed significantly. (2009-01-26)

A happy life is a long one for orangutans
New research has shown that happier orangutans live longer which may provide insight into the evolution of happiness in humans. Researchers asked keepers who work with orangutans to answer questions about happiness on the animals' behalf. Orangutans which were scored as happier by their keepers were more likely to live longer. This work will be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on July 3, 2011. (2011-06-28)

Money buys happiness when you spend on others: UBC and Harvard research
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Harvard Business School have found that it's possible to buy happiness after all: when you spend money on others. (2008-03-20)

Study: Get moving to get happier
Physical activity has long been known to reduce depression and anxiety, and is commonly prescribed to prevent or cure negative mental health conditions. (2018-04-04)

Why experiences are better gifts for older children
What should we get for our kids this holiday? As children get older, giving them something they can experience (live through) instead of material things makes them happier, according to new research led by Lan Nguyen Chaplin, associate professor of marketing at the University of Illinois Chicago. (2020-11-24)

Older people are nation's happiest
Americans grow happier as they grow older, according to a University of Chicago study that is one of the most thorough examinations of happiness ever done in America. The study also found that baby boomers are not as content as other generations, African-Americans are less happy than whites, men are less happy than women, happiness can rise and fall between eras, and that, with age the differences narrow. (2008-04-16)

Happiness has a dark side
It seems like everyone wants to be happier and the pursuit of happiness is one of the foundations of American life. But even happiness can have a dark side, according to the authors of a new review article published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2011-05-16)

Resilience in trying times -- a result of positive actions
Communities that stick together and do good for others cope better with crises and are happier for it, according to a new study published online in Springer's Journal of Happiness Studies. It suggests that part of the reason for this greater resilience is the fact that humans get happiness not just from doing things with others, but from doing things both with and for others. (2013-06-12)

New University of Alberta study challenges 'mid-life crisis' theory
A 25-year longitudinal study by University of Alberta researchers now suggests the curve in happiness from early adulthood to midlife goes up, not down. (2016-01-11)

Canada remains 7th in World Happiness Report rankings
Canada remains the seventh happiest country in the world, according to a new report co-edited by CIFAR Distinguished Fellow John Helliwell. (2018-03-14)

Spending on experiences versus possessions advances more immediate happiness
Consumers are happier when they spend their money on experiential purchases versus material ones, according to research from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. (2020-03-09)

Is happiness having what you want, wanting what you have, or both?
Some argue that happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. This maxim sounds reasonable enough, but can it be tested, and if so, is it true? (2008-04-28)

Happiness model developed by MU researcher could help people go from good to great
The sayings (2012-05-07)

Psychology researcher says spiritual meaning of Christmas brings more happiness than materialism
Religious people are happier than those without spirituality, says a psychologist from the University of Warwick, and those who celebrate the original, Christian, meaning of Christmas are happier than those who celebrate the festive season with consumer gifts. The new research reveals a positive relation between religiosity and happiness and suggests that the reason for this is that religious people have more of a sense of purpose in their lives than non-religious people. (2003-12-08)

Racial identity tied to happiness, study finds
Black people who identify more strongly with their racial identity are generally happier, according to a study led by psychology researchers at Michigan State University. (2011-03-04)

How our view of what makes us happy has changed in 80 years
In 2014 Sandie McHugh and Professor Jerome Carson repeated the Mass Observation survey by asking people from the town, via the Bolton News, to complete a questionnaire that repeated the questions from 1938 as closely was possible. She then compared the new findings with those from 1938. (2015-05-04)

Heading outdoors keeps lockdown blues at bay
A new study has found that spending time outdoors and switching off devices, such as smartphones, is associated with higher levels of happiness during a period of COVID-19 restrictions. (2021-01-07)

New study suggests migration does not bring happiness
Economic migrants seeking a (2010-08-31)

Social giving makes us happier
People usually feel good when they make a charitable donation, but they feel even better if they make the donation directly to someone they know or in a way that builds social connection. Research to be published in the International Journal of Happiness and Development investigates for the first time how social connection helps turn generous behavior into positive feelings on the part of the donor. (2013-08-20)

Happiness at work depends on a good salary, but also on how much colleagues earn
One of the keys to happiness at work is earning a lot of money, but what is equally important, if not more important, is that our earnings not be inferior to those of our peers, that is, of the colleagues we compare ourselves to. This is revealed by a study carried out at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid that analyzes the relationship between happiness and income from work. (2012-10-02)

Psychologists find pursuit of happiness not a straight path
Happily ever after isn't a given. Achievable, yes, says a Michigan State University psychologist. But after analyzing years of data tracking people through their lives of joys and sorrows, scientists conclude that major changes in life circumstances -- like marriage, divorce or debilitating illness -- can indeed have long-term impact on happiness levels. (2007-03-08)

Discovery of first genetic variants associated with meaning in life
For the first time, locations on the human genome have been identified that can explain differences in meaning in life between individuals. This is the result of research conducted in over 220,000 individuals by Professor Meike Bartels and PhD student Bart Baselmans from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The researchers identified two genetic variants for meaning in life and six genetic variants for happiness. The results were published this week in the scientific journal Scientific Reports. (2018-10-03)

Are friends better for us than family?
The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. (2017-06-06)

The first happiness genes have been located
For the first time in history, researchers have isolated the parts of the human genome that could explain the differences in how humans experience happiness. These are the findings of a large-scale international study in over 298,000 people, conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Meike Bartels (Genetics and Wellbeing) and Philipp Koellinger (Genoeconomics). (2016-04-25)

When new parents become unhappy, brothers and sisters become less likely
New parents' drop in subjective well-being helps to explain why many remain with one child, even though they desire two. (2015-08-05)

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