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Buying Life Experiences To Impress Others Removes Happiness Boost

Spending money on activities and events, such as concert tickets or exotic vacations, will not make you happier if you are doing it to impress others, according to findings published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Research has shown that consumers gain greater happiness from buying life experiences rather than material possessions, but only if […]

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Extreme Or Inappropriate Positive Emotions Are Common In Bipolar Disorder – Even When Not Manic

Positive emotions like joy and compassion are good for your mental and physical health, and help foster creativity and friendship. But people with bipolar disorder seem to have too much of a good thing. In a new article to be published in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the […]

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Positive Teenagers Become Healthier Adults

Teenagers are known for their angst-ridden ways, but those who remain happy and positive during the tumultuous teenage years report better general health when they are adults, according to a new Northwestern University study. Researchers also found that teens with high positive well-being had a reduced risk of engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, […]

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Researchers Search For The Ingredients Of Happiness Around The World To Confirm Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all humans seek to fulfill a hierarchy of needs, which he represented with a pyramid. The pyramid’s base, which he believed must come first, signified basic needs (for food, sleep and sex, for example). Safety and security came next, in Maslow’s view, then love and belonging, then […]

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Money Does Not Buy Happiness

Freedom and personal autonomy are more important to people’s well-being than money, according to a meta-analysis of data from 63 countries published by the American Psychological Association. While a great deal of research has been devoted to the predictors of happiness and life satisfaction around the world, researchers at the Victoria University of Wellington in […]

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