Category Archive for "The Science of Happiness"

Social Media, Addiction and (un)Happiness

According to the World Happiness Report 2013, the term happiness is commonly used in two very distinctive ways. The first is to describe a combination of positive emotions felt at a specific moment in time (ie. ‘Were you happy yesterday?’).

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Productivity Suffocates Happiness

Hi, my name is Garrick and I’m hyper-productive. It’s been 6 minutes since I last achieved something and I’m afraid I’ll relapse at any moment. I know that I should take a break, but I can’t. I need to get sh!t

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How to Buy Happiness in 3 Simple Steps

The old adage, you can’t buy happiness, might not be entirely accurate after all. While it is true that buying things to try and make ourselves happy is relatively ineffective, spending money can increase our overall sense of life satisfaction (the real type of

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Feeling Down? Me too…

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, we feel crappy. We wake up in a flat, apathetic mood, and no matter what we try, it refuses to go away. We force a smile, we chug a coffee, we eat Nutella toast – nothing works.

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The Secrets of Happiness in 10 Quotes

Happiness is a relatively simple concept. In fact, we already know what makes us happy. Yet still, it is easy to get caught up in the day to day grind of a consumerist society.  All day, every day, we are

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Ending a Relationship is like Quitting a Job

Have you ever found yourself stuck in an unhealthy relationship, or working a job you hate? You know that you should move on but the thought is equally as terrifying as it is exciting. Breaking up and quitting are scary because they

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The 6 Things That Make You Compatible – Happy Relationships

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on choice, we looked at the decision making process. We learned that having a specific, but not exhaustive, criteria is your best bet at finding a satisfying relationship. So, what are

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Happy Relationships – Part 2 – Maximising vs Satisficing

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this mini series, check it out first. It’ll give you a background on some of the ideas presented in this article…Have you ever thought about which traits are most important in a potential partner?

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Happy Relationships – Part 1 – Buyers Remorse

A happy relationship is all about choice, but not in the way that you’re probably thinking. You’re probably thinking that having more choice will lead to a better result, which will make you happier. Thus, more choice = more happiness.

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Will your friendship last? – The 3 types of friends

Not all friendships are created equal. Some are built to last while others fizzle-out as time goes on. You move house, change jobs, have kids, stop playing social sport, party a bit less (or more) – and before you know it,

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