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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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Laughter as a Powerful and Inexhaustible Resource

As humans we are one of a few species that laughs and we laugh from the time we are babies.


Caring How You Look and Caring Who You Love

“I love you but I don’t love that large Disney Sweatshirt.”

Subjective vs. Objective: Seeing Truth

“Look in a mirror and one thing’s sure; what we see is not who we are.” 

Zen Bite: You!

So who are “you” anyway?

Zen Bite: Taming the Bull

Just over 60 years ago, there was almost no mention of meditation in Western popular culture except in the most

6 Tips for Fighting Boredom

Samuel Johnson wrote, “It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery, and as much happiness as possible.”



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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