There’s a reason why being kind to others is good for you — and it can now be traced to a specific nerve.
Move over dopamine, there’s a new “pleasure” molecule that could broaden our understanding of the chemistry of joy, laughter, addiction and even anger.
Wisdom may come with age, but does happiness follow suit?
Which comes first, happiness or money? Much scholarly head tapping has been devoted to examining whether richer people are happier and if so, how much richer? Nobel prize-winners have even looked into it. But a new study suggests …
Moving poor families out of low-income neighborhoods doesn’t help increase their wealth, education or job status, but it does offer a different kind of long-term boost: better health and more happiness.
Gallup.com found that working mothers report greater well-being than stay-at-home moms. Is a job the ticket to bliss?
Negative attitudes are known to be detrimental to cardiovascular health, and now a new study finds that having a positive, optimistic outlook can have the opposite effect.
Armed with new data showing that pressured kids are prone to depression and anxiety, an anti-Tiger mom (she’s an academic and Chinese as well) takes aim at Amy Chua’s contention that pushing children is healthy.
Stress isn’t all bad. You need just the right amount of adversity in life to learn to cope with the troubles ahead.
Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow — if you want to stick to your diet. That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that upbeat, forward-looking feelings like hopefulness led to better dietary choices, while positive …
These days Martin Seligman, author of the best-selling book Authentic Happiness, is perhaps best known as a father of positive of psychology — the study of people’s strengths and virtues, rather than on pathological behavior.
Among journalists — and less so among psychologists — the subset of mental-health research called “positive psychology” has become powerfully influential. Positive psychology, which was more or less founded by a …