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Happiness is deceptively simple. It’s about being satisfied with life and experiencing more positive emotions than negative ones.

Still, many of us find the pursuit of happiness to be frustratingly difficult. A relatively new branch of psychology called positive psychology is studying what makes people happy—and what doesn’t. Researchers are learning that the keys to happiness are within everyone’s reach.

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Laugh When You’re Afraid

If you’re laughing, I defy you to be afraid.

Finding a Positive Path Through Life’s Challenges

It is easy to feel happy, content and hopeful when things are going well. What about when life becomes stressful?

The Relationship of Age and Happiness: A Surprising Finding

Research has increasingly found happiness to be a function of many dimensions. One of them happens to be age

Do First Things First

I’m constantly on the hunt for insights about happiness, or ideas about how to be happier — which probably makes me a somewhat tiresome companion at times.

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Looking for Happiness? Stop Trying to Find It

I’m constantly on the hunt for insights about happiness, or ideas about how to be happier

Communicating Your Way Through Pregnancy

 “A grand adventure is about to begin.” 

Videos

Quit wasting your time

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Comedian Joan Rivers claims we've got too much time on our hands to think about...

Moments of absolute absorption

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Writer Adam Gopnik finds happiness in being "vigilantly absorbed in some activity.

That juicy state of happiness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.

Happiness? What happiness?

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For actor John Leguizamo, happiness is finding enjoyment in life's struggles.

Porcupine Love

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Elizabeth Gilbert on relationships

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