Getting in tune with happiness

Most of the time in this space, I post a “dispatch from the front.” Happiness has become an issue that’s grabbing a lot of attention in our culture, and not just in traditional academic circles like psychiatry, psychology, and sociology. Look at the bestseller lists. Check out marketing campaigns. Google “happiness.” It’s everywhere. There is […]

Happiness: it’s in the blood

We’ve all got that sad-sack friend or grumpy uncle. You know the guy. If he won the lottery, he’d complain about the taxes. It almost seems like he’s constitutionally incapable of finding any lasting happiness. Psychologist Fred Luskin says that’s absolutely right. “Happiness,” says Luskin, a professor at Stanford, “is about 50 percent genetic. And […]

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See larger image In the Long Run: A Father, a Son, and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness (Hardcover) By (author) Jim Axelrod List Price: $26.00 USD New From: $0.01 In Stock Used from: $1.99 In Stock Release date May 10, 2011. test book widget post

Want to be happy? Don’t just sit there

Experiences beat possessions. Everytime. If you’ve got limited money, cautions the professor to his students, spend it on a great vacation, not a new stereo or a closet full of new clothes. Every year, during his first lecture in his “Introduction to Social Psychology Course” at Cornell University, Professor Tom Gilovich, greets his students with some […]

Valentine’s Day Idea: Sweat the Small Stuff

Here’s a Valentine’s Day thought. You want to be a better partner? Try being a happier person. And if you listen to the one of the country’s top purveyors of happiness, it’s not about champagne and chocolates. Is the secret to happiness paying more attention to the mundane? While the poets have long pondered its […]