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Happiness: the Scientific Studies

Some might assume that science has nothing to offer on the subject of something so abstract as finding happiness. Here is a collection of some of the studies.The first one is by far the most interesting one because it goes against common sense, a common characteristic of scientific discovery. What do you think about the first study?



Happiest Places Have Highest Suicide Rates, New Research Finds

April 21, 2011 — The

happiest countries and happiest U.S. states tend to have the highest

suicide rates, according to new research. The research confirmed a

little known and seemingly puzzling fact: many happy ... > full story


Want the Shortest Path to the Good Life? Try Cynicism
October 22, 2012 — A
classics professor sheds new light on the philosophy of the ancient
Cynics. They actually held values they viewed as a shortcut to ... > full story


Junk Food Makes Kids Fatter, But Happier, Study Suggests
April 14, 2009 — Children
who ate fast food and drank soft drinks were more likely to be
overweight, but they were also less likely to be unhappy. The analysis
also highlighted a number of factors influencing ... > full story



Don't Worry, Be Moderately Happy, Research Suggests
January 28, 2008 — Could the
pursuit of happiness go too far? Most self-help books on the subject
offer tips on how to maximize one's bliss, but a new study suggests that
moderate happiness may be preferable to ... > full story



Happiness, Comparatively Speaking: How We Think About Life's Rewards
April 10, 2011 — You win
some, you lose some. You get the perfect job -- the one your heart is
set on. Or you get snubbed. Such are life's ups and downs. But what if
you win and lose at the same time? You land a good ... > full story



Respect Matters More Than Money for Happiness in Life
June 20, 2012 — New research
suggests that overall happiness in life is more related to how much you
are respected and admired by those around you, not to the status that
comes from how much money you have stashed ... > full story




Seeking Happiness? Remember the Good Times, Forget the Regrets
May 2, 2011 — People who
look at the past through rose-tinted glasses are happier than those who
focus on negative past experiences and regrets, according to a new
study. The study helps explain why personality ... > full story


Do Experiences Or Material Goods Make Us Happier?
February 24, 2009 — Should I
spend money on a vacation or a new computer? Will an experience or an
object make me happier? A new study says it depends on different
factors, including how materialistic you ... > full story


Money Only Makes You Happy If It Makes You Richer Than Your Neighbors
March 22, 2010 — Money only
makes people happier if it improves their social rank, according to new
research. The researchers found that simply being highly paid wasn't
enough -- to be happy, people must perceive ... > full story


Happiest Places Have Highest Suicide Rates, New Research Finds
April 21, 2011 — The
happiest countries and happiest U.S. states tend to have the highest
suicide rates, according to new research. The research confirmed a
little known and seemingly puzzling fact: many happy ... > full story

Happiness Depends on Who You Know and Your Goals, Study of College Students Suggests
August 30, 2011 — A new
study involving extroverted college students and their less socially
inclined peers found that less-outgoing happy people relied less on
partying and drinking to be happy and more on ... > full story

Want To Be Happier? Be More Grateful
November 27, 2008 — Want to
quickly improve your happiness and satisfaction with life? Then the pen
may be a mighty weapon. Researchers recruited students from six courses
to explore the effects of writing letters of ... > full story

People Neglect Who They Really Are When Predicting Their Own Future Happiness
January 13, 2011 — Humans
are notoriously bad at predicting their future happiness. A new study
suggests that part of the reason for these mispredictions lies in
failing to recognize the key role played by one's own ... > full story

Buying Experiences, Not Possessions, Leads To Greater Happiness
February 17, 2009 — Can
money make us happy if we spend it on the right purchases? A new
psychology study suggests that buying life experiences rather than
material possessions leads to greater happiness for both the ... > full story

Move to Less Poor Neighborhood Boosts Physical and Mental Health
September 20, 2012 — Moving
from a high-poverty to lower-poverty neighborhood spurs long-term gains
in the physical and mental health of low-income adults, as well as a
substantial increase in their happiness, despite ... > full story




People With 'Balanced Time Perspective' More Likely to Call Themselves Content
April 26, 2012 — A new study
demonstrates that having a certain "balanced time perspective" can make
people feel more vital, more grateful, and more satisfied with their
... > full story


Key To Happiness Is Gratitude, And Men May Be Locked Out
March 19, 2009 — Let
yourself be grateful -- it's the best way to achieve happiness according
to several new studies. Gratitude, the emotion of thankfulness and joy
in response to receiving a gift, is one of the ... > full story


Cohabitating Valentines Are Happier Than Wedded Couples
January 24, 2012 — When it
comes to the well-being of married versus cohabitating Valentines,
wedded couples experience few advantages in psychological well-being and
social ties, according to a new study at Cornell ... > full story


Giving Makes Young Children Happy
June 19, 2012 — If it is
indeed nobler to give than to receive, it may also make you happier –
even if you're a toddler, according to a new ... > full story


Early Relationships, Not Brainpower, Key to Adult Happiness
August 2, 2012 — Social connection is a more important route to adult well-being than academic ... > full story




Buying Life Experiences to Impress Others Removes Happiness Boost
June 18, 2012 — Spending
money on activities and events, such as concert tickets or exotic
vacations, won't make you happier if you're doing it to impress others,
according to new findings. Research has shown that ... > full story


Smiling Through the Tears: Study Shows How Tearjerkers Make People Happier
March 26, 2012 — People
enjoy watching tragedy movies like “Titanic” because they deliver what
may seem to be an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people
happier in the ... > full story

Genes Hold The Key To How Happy We Are, Scientists Say
March 6, 2008 — Happiness in
life is as much down to having the right genetic mix as it is to
personal circumstances according to a recent study. Happiness is partly
determined by personality traits and that both ... > full story



Hourly Employees Happier Than Salaried

December 11, 2009 — People paid by the hour exhibit a stronger relationship between income and happiness, according to a new ... > full story



Spirituality Is Key To Kids' Happiness, Study Suggests
January 12, 2009 — A new study suggests that spirituality, not religious practices, determine how happy children ... > full story

Older People Are Nation's Happiest: Baby Boomers Less Happy Than Other Generational Groups
April 19, 2008 — Americans
grow happier as they grow older, according to a new 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 ... > full story


Over Long Haul, Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness
December 14, 2010 — A new
analysis shows that long-term happiness does not correspond to increased
wealth. Across a worldwide sample of 37 countries, rich and poor,
ex-Communist and capitalist, researchers have shown ... > full story

Despite Frustrations, Americans Are Pretty Darned Happy
July 1, 2008 — We're number
16 ... in world happiness. Feel the joy. The United States ranks ahead
of more than 80 countries, but below 15 others in happiness levels,
according to new World Values Survey data ... > full story

No Pain, No Gain: Mastering A Skill Makes Us Stressed In The Moment, Happy Long Term
October 30, 2009 — No pain,
no gain applies to happiness, too, according to new research. People who
work hard at improving a skill or ability, such as mastering a math
problem or learning to drive, may experience ... > full story




Happiness Model Could Help People Go from Good to Great
May 7, 2012 — The sayings
"variety is the spice of life" and "happiness isn't getting what you
want, but wanting what you get" seem to have a psychological basis,
according to a new study by a psychologist who ... > full story






Money Buys Happiness When You Spend On Others, Study Shows
March 21, 2008 — Researchers
have found that it's possible to buy happiness after all: when you
spend money on others. Employees were given a small amount of money and
instructed to either spend it on themselves or ... > full story


Is Happiness Having What You Want, Wanting What You Have, Or Both?
April 28, 2008 — 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 ... > full story





Happiness Has a Dark Side
May 17, 2011 — 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 a new ... > full story





Happier to Give Than Receive?
October 16, 2010 — Is there a
correlation between a nation's contributions to international aid
programs and the happiness of its citizens? According to a study of nine
European donor countries, there is a direct ... > full story


Added: Dec-12-2012 Occurred On: Dec-12-2012
By: Justin Bieber
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