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Study: Higher Income is Related to Less Daily Sadness but Not More Daily Happiness

money can't buy happiness

A new large-scale study of over 12,000 participants shows that higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness (Kushlev, Dunn, & Lucas, 2015). Continue reading

Study: Choosing Products With Attractive Designs Affirms People’s Self-Image

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Many, if not most, people appreciate luxury or attractive products. A study shows why this might be so.

People strive for consistency in beliefs and behaviors as they have a basic desire to affirm their self-image. Studies have shown that people choose products that are congruent with their self-image: Continue reading

4 Reasons Why Some People Are Afraid of Happiness (Why Happiness Isn’t an Universal Ideal)

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What does happiness mean to you?

Most people want to be happy, and personal happiness is considered to be one of the most important values in life in contemporary Western cultures. However, some people are afraid of happiness. Why isn’t happiness an universal ideal? Continue reading

Connect With Nature, See Its Beauty, and Improve Your Well-Being, Research Shows

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. – William Shakespeare

Connectedness with nature has been associated with greater well-being, but how exactly does connectedness with nature improve well-being?  Continue reading

Are You In Control? Feelings of Personal Control Are Essential for Mental Health

Feeling out of control?

The belief that one can exert control over stressful events has long been known to help people cope with stress (Taylor, 2012). People like to have control over their lives, and people who have a sense of personal control seem to be better off than those who haven’t.

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Study: People With Self-Discipline Are Happier

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When we think of people with a high self-control, we cannot avoid thinking about how restrained and deprived they might be. Whenever we restrain ourselves, we tend to think that we are missing something. Continue reading

Why We Earn Beyond Needs at the Cost of Happiness

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Overearning is a new phenomenon in human history. It means that we earn beyond our needs. It is only possible to overearn (i.e., accumulate resources) due to the efficiency and advantages of modern technology. This seems nice and innocuous, indeed, it never hurts to earn more. However, overearning has a downside as well. Continue reading

Medium Maximization: The Tendency to Focus on Immediate Outcomes

A medium has no value in itself, but it can be traded for another desired outcome. An effort may lead to a medium that, in turn, may lead to an outcome.

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