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New Study Looks at Happiness and Arrives at Same Conclusions as Buddha

New Study Looks at Happiness and Arrives at Same Conclusions as Buddha

A new study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin looks at the phenomenon of Hedonic adaptation and its effects on happiness. Hedonic adaptation refers to the diminishing effect that a causal factor of happiness has on a person over time. In the study, the authors develop a model predicting the factors that increase the likelihood of maintaining happiness. … Read entire article »

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Advancing Potential: The 2011 NAGC Convention in New Orleans

Advancing Potential: The 2011 NAGC Convention in New Orleans

The 58th annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children was held in New Orleans this past weekend. The purpose of the NAGC is to coordinate the efforts of educators, parents, and counselors to address the unique needs of gifted and talented youth. … Read entire article »

Study Finds Older Happy People Live Longer

Study Finds Older Happy People Live Longer

Results of a new study from the University College London suggest that older people are 35% more likely to live longer if they are happy. … Read entire article »

The Science of Happy

The Science of Happy

Fox News takes a look at the scientific research being done on happiness.   … Read entire article »

Finding Happiness in Northern Ireland: The Ashton Centre Talks

Finding Happiness in Northern Ireland: The Ashton Centre Talks

In September of 2000, at the behest of the Bruce Lee Educational Foundation, I traveled to Ireland to participate in a series of university lectures on the subjects of philosophy, psychology, and human development. During our tour, we visited a few of the community development projects in the more disadvantaged areas of Northern Ireland to learn about their programs. Among … Read entire article »

Happiness is U-Shaped

Happiness is U-Shaped

Happiness follows a U-shaped curve during a person’s lifetime, according to research showing that middle-aged people are the unhappiest. (Source: The Telegraph) Satisfaction with life starts to drop as early as a person’s late 20s and does not begin to recover until well past 50, says Bert van Landeghem, an economist at Maastricht University in Belgium. To read the rest of this … Read entire article »

Brazil Looks at Adding ‘Happiness’ to Constitution

Brazil Looks at Adding ‘Happiness’ to Constitution

In a nation known for its jubilant spirit, massive parties and seemingly intrinsic ability to celebrate anything under the sun, is a constitutional amendment really required to protect the pursuit of happiness? Several lawmakers think so, and a bill to amend Brazil’s Constitution to make the search for happiness an inalienable right is widely expected to be approved soon by the … Read entire article »

VIDEO: The Facebook Blues

VIDEO: The Facebook Blues

New research finds social media may lead to unhappiness. … Read entire article »

When Self-Knowledge Is Only the Beginning

When Self-Knowledge Is Only the Beginning

Questions about the value of insight get to the heart of how therapy works. (Source: New York Times) It is practically an article of faith among many therapists that self-understanding is a prerequisite for a happy life. Insight, the thinking goes, will free you from your psychological hang-ups and promote well-being. Perhaps, but recent experience makes me wonder whether insight is all … Read entire article »

Couples Grow Old, Happy and Sad Together

Couples Grow Old, Happy and Sad Together

As couples grow old together, their happiness levels also wax and wane in sync, a new study suggests. The findings suggest a possible resource that hasn’t been tapped for promoting healthy aging. Similar to a pill or other treatment, a chipper spouse may boost a partner’s feelings of well-being. While the findings may seem obvious, lead researcher Christiane Hoppmann said this phenomenon … Read entire article »