Money. Cars. Sex. Accomplishment. Things. They all make us happy. But drugs and alcohol and addiction all feed the dopamine meter too. So what truly makes us happy? Panoply made this animation detailing a guide to happiness and it’s a fun watch, just to see the cool animation.
Chances are you’ve taken a test that measures your happiness and well-being. But let’s be frank: very few of these tests are actually rooted in science, and rarely do they provide any kind of meaningful advice. Now there is a new free online quiz by a nonprofit organization called ClearerThinking that seeks to…
There’s a lot of philosophical debate over what it actually means to “be happy,” but if you’re looking for concrete answers, it can leave you wanting. Here’s what scientific research says happiness is, and—perhaps more importantly—what it isn’t.
A recent investigation into the causal relationship between marriage and life satisfaction found that people who regard their partner as their best friend derive more satisfaction from their marriages than others.
Our moods ebb and flow with the seasons. They also change quite dramatically over the course of a single week. These visualizations show exactly when we can expect to be depressed, anxious, and stressed.
Does having more money automatically make people happier? We know a little about how that works (and doesn't work) on an individual level, but what happens when we're talking not just about individuals, but about the happiness of entire countries?
Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten some of the important lessons they teach. Maybe you've heard these, maybe you haven't, but here are some of the best lessons that you can learn no matter what age you are.
The latest word on how to be happy: be more appreciative of the things you have. Newly published research out of Baylor University finds materialistic people are less happy in large part because of their lack of gratitude.
A recently conducted survey of 5,000 people identifies a strong link between self-acceptance and happiness. The problem? Self-acceptance is not something most of us are in the habit of practicing.
Sorry, West Virginians, the news isn't good.
We can cry because we're happy. We can cry because we're sad. We can cry because we're cutting onions. We can cry just because we need to cry. They're all completely different emotions... but are they different tears? Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wanted to find out in her series The Topography of Tears. She put dried…
Humans are clever: what sets us apart from the rest of the creatures on the planet is our ability to think about the world around us—and shape it. But in making all the technological advances that seems so smart, are we making the world better, or just different?
The UN-sponsored World Happiness Report 2013 has just been released — a project that determined a country's level of happiness by using a number of social and economic indicators taken from 2010 to 2012. This map provides a quick overview of the results.
After parsing the results from a recent University of Vermont study of geotagged tweets, the Huffington Post has compiled a map showing just how happy — or unhappy — Americans are according to the state they live in.
Advocates of human enhancement often say that we ought to increase our intelligence as a species. But the consequences of actually doing this have never fully been explored. An excessive amount of intelligence might actually prove to be a bad thing — and a distraction from what really matters.
According to marine mammal rescue centers, many malnourished sea lion babies are appearing on Southern California beaches. The one in this sweet video, who jumped into a boat to snuggle with a complete stranger, seems to be one of them. Heart. Crushed.
Why is it that when your friends, family, and significant other tell you, "You need to stop working so much!"—you hesitate? On the one hand, you know they have a point. It's unsustainable to pull 12-to-14-hour days on a consistent basis, and you feel burnt-out and cranky. But when it comes to actually setting…
Sex makes us happy. More sex makes us happier. But a newly published study suggests that having more sex than we think other people are having makes us happiest of all.
Louisiana residents probably won't be too pleased to hear the following news, which, for them, won't really be a change of pace at all. According to a team at the very not-real-sounding Vermont Complex Systems Center and based on what is surely a totally objective and not at all arbitrary analysis of tweets,…
Science has all the answers, right? Wrong. But it has a pretty good sense of things, a lot of the time*. So what does science have to say about the pursuit of happiness? A lot. Like, build-an-entire-industry-around-it, even-the-pseudo-scientific-stuff a lot.