Happiness

Optimistic people ‘less likely to have heart attacks’

Optimistic people are more likely to have healthy hearts, according to a new study of more than 4,900 people carried…

Older people ‘are happier than people in their 20s and 30s’

Old people are happier than young adults, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The research,…

Sorry, eating vegetables probably won’t make you any happier

A higher intake of fruit and vegetables is linked to greater happiness, according to a study published in the American…

Charity workers are happier — is it because of doing good, or just feeling good?

A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with…

Moments of joy ‘can trigger heart condition’ (but only if you’re really unlucky)

Research published in the European Heart Journal suggests that happy events can trigger a heart condition known as takotsubo syndrome,…

People who value time more than money tend to be happier

It is well established that focusing too much on materialism (at the expense of relationships and experiences) can leave us…

It’s not all about ‘experiences’. Buying stuff makes us happy for longer

Good news, just in time for the January sales: shopping can make you happy. A study published in the journal…

Good news for grumpy people: being unhappy won’t make your life any shorter

Reports in the press have suggested that being unhappy raises your risk of an early death, and is particularly bad…

Want to do well at work? Find a job you feel invested in

Workers who feel an emotional attachment to their jobs are more psychologically healthy, according to a study published in the…

Belief in your own willpower is likely to make you happier

A study published in the Journal of Personality has found that people who have more faith in their own willpower…

How happiness gurus can ruin your life

When David Cameron announced plans to measure nationwide happiness he was mocked. The thought of the government asking how happy you are is ridiculous…