More than eight in 10 Americans (83 percent) say that the future of the country is a significant source of stress in their lives, the surveys found.
Our experiential purchases bring us greater pleasure in terms of anticipation and remembrance than do our material purchases, but they also bring us greater in-the-moment enjoyment, the study found.
Overall, the environmental activists in the study had a carbon footprint that was 16 percent lower, on average, than a comparable group of non-activists.
Last year, global levels of unhappiness reached their highest point in more than a decade, according to the latest annual Gallup Global Emotions report, which was released earlier this week.
It’s also quite probable, the review found, that we can reap some measure of that happiness benefit with short or infrequent bursts of physical activity.
The Finns knocked Norway out of the top slot this year, but it’s not much of a comedown. Norway still holds on to second place.
The act of walking may even lift our spirits when we’re walking around inside a nondescript building.
“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” said lead author William Chopik.
Then again, people who dance might just be happier in the first place.
Among the findings: Older people were more likely to say sad music left them feeling comforted; young adults and women were more likely to say it evoked negative emotions.
What makes us happy today appears to be markedly different from what made us happy 78 years ago, a British study finds.
Turns out that happiness is not associated with living a longer life, as previous research has suggested.
The “joy of parenting” myth received another blow last week with the publication in the journal Demography of a new study out of Germany.
Psychologist John Eastwood thinks boredom helps us “discover the possibility and content of one’s desires” and is linked to broader questions about finding meaning in our lives.
In two of several new studies, researchers analyzed the language and the smiles (in official photographs) of members of Congress.