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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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The Meaning of Happiness

To actor John Leguizamo, happiness is dealing with life’s difficulties; to recording artist Rev Run, it’s sharing a cookie with his son;

Is Your Kid Feeling Down In The Dumps?

Here are 5 ways to get your children talking so you can understand what's going on.

The Vanishing American Vacation

Vacations are theoretical concepts that exist today only on paper.

6 Tips to Help Summer Depression

You don’t mean to be grumpy, but you are miserable in the heat and cant' pretend you're happy summer has arrived.

7 Ways to Leave Your Job

Awhile back, psychologist and fellow Psych Central-contributor Elvira Aletta published a great post about the frog in the pot:


Maureen Healy, MA, MBA

Maureen Healy believes in happiness - happiness that is caused. With more than 20 years of experience, she has guided children and parents around...

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiant who specializes in creative and loving ceremonies for brides and grooms of...

Allison Kreiger Walsh

Allison Kreiger Walsh is a motivational speaker, freelance writer, public relations professional and a non-profit activist. She is a 2006 cum laude graduate of...

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown is a business owner, information designer and co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers and Changemakers (available July 15). Her consultancy,...

Dana Markey

Dana Markey serves as the program coordinator for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, working with the NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center....


Porcupine Love

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

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.

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