Psychology & Psychiatry

Why some people find it harder to be happy

The self-help industry is booming, fuelled by research on positive psychology—the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Work-life balance: What really makes us happy might surprise you

Finding the right work-life balance is by no means a new issue in our society. But the tension between the two has been heightened by the pandemic, with workers increasingly dwelling over the nature of their work, its meaning ...

Medical research

Is there a happiness equation? Here's how we're trying to find out

Most people would like to be happier. But it isn't always easy to know how to achieve that goal. Is there an equation for happiness? Many formulas have been suggested. Get enough sleep. Exercise. Meditate. Help others. Spend ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Nature draws out a happy place for children

Young children in deprived areas see nature and outdoor spaces as being associated with 'happy places,' according to a new study published in the journal Child Indicators Research.

Psychology & Psychiatry

How to gain a sense of well-being, free and online

In 2018, when Professor Laurie Santos introduced her course "Psychology and the Good Life," a class on the science of happiness, it became the most popular in the history of Yale, attracting more than 1,200 undergraduate ...

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