Taxes: In Nordic countries, we pay some of the highest taxes in the world. Yet, 88% of people living in Denmark are happily paying their taxes. We often say that we are happy not despite of the high taxes, but because of them. The taxes we pay enable usContinue Reading Take a moment to consider what experiences, actions, and relationships make your life worth living. If you’re like most people, your answers will fall into two general categories, what psychologists call “hedonic” and “eudaimonic.” Hedonic experiences are all about pleasure: seeing a beautiful sunrise, eating a delectable slice of cake, orContinue Reading

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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness andContinue Reading The key is structuring your days in advance to include activities that are likely to make you happy. The technical term is “prioritising positivity.” For the study, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recruited 235 participants andContinue Reading Humans are not designed to be happy, or even content. Instead, we are designed primarily to survive and reproduce, like every other creature in the natural world. A state of contentment is discouraged by nature because it would lower our guard against possible threats to our survival. The factContinue Reading

A global survey shows women are more satisfied with their lives than men are — Quartz (@qz) January 9, 2017 The economist Mallory Montgomery of University of Southern California found these survey results odd. Montgomery does happiness economics research, a burgeoning area of study that looks beyond wealth asContinue Reading

Which is the greenest, happiest country in the world? – World Economic Forum (@wef) December 1, 2016 There’s one country that stands out: Costa Rica, which tops the ranking for the third time. It is the happiest and most sustainable country on Earth, according to the Happy PlanetContinue Reading With so much inequality in the world, how can we possibly compare the happiness of the world’s richest and poorest people in a meaningful way? Happiness comes in many different forms and for different reasons. At the same time, many things make people unhappy regardless of where they live:Continue Reading

The world’s happiest countries in 2016 — World Economic Forum (@wef) November 15, 2016 Wealth at what cost? Many wealthier nations came noticeably further down the chart with the US at 13, Germany at 16 and the United Kingdom at 23. Professor Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to UNContinue Reading