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Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic week — better than mine, anyway. We’re having a new roof installed and, well, when you work from home, let’s just say it’s a bit difficult to concentrate with all the banging, hammering, and stomping. (However, the contractors at least chose some of my favorite classic rock hits to blast, so, there’s that!).

Despite all the distractions, I managed to scour the Internet for some fascinating information on new research and reports regarding the happiest countries on the planet, the lesser-known postpartum bipolar disorder, the five different personality types, and more.

Enjoy!

The World Happiness Index 2016 Just Ranked the Happiest Countries on Earth: After calculating answers to main life evaluation questions (which are then weighted against factors such as “life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption”), the World Happiness Index has released a list of the countries with the happiest populations. Although the index surveys only 2,000-3,000 people per country, the research team states this number is “[…] large enough to give a fairly good estimate at the national level.” So, where does your country fall?

What Psychology’s Crisis Means for the Future of Science: At some point over the last week or so, you might’ve come across some information (or, panic?) about the possible crumbling of a popular psychology theory often referred to as “ego depletion” (an offshoot of decision fatigue). Well, now Michael Inzlicht, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto and co-author of an upcoming paper on ego depletion, assures Vox that the “absolute” death of ego depletion is not on the rise: “There would need to be a few more of these massive replication failures to support a claim like that.”

Postpartum Bipolar Disorder: The Invisible Postpartum Mood Disorder: Chances are, you’ve heard of (or maybe even experienced) postpartum depression; however, are you familiar with postpartum bipolar disorder? Dyane Leshin-Harwood, a mother, author, and postpartum mental health advocate, shares her story about how childbirth triggered her bipolar disorder. Leshin-Harwood admits readers might wonder why it’s important to discuss an “obscure mood disorder,” but explains that “[…] every mom’s postpartum experience counts.” We couldn’t agree more.

For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why: Dr. Jean Twenge, a social psychologist at San Diego State University who focuses on intergenerational differences, has been paying close attention to the notion that young people have been reporting feeling increasingly anxious and depressed since the 1930s. Twenge’s theory? Not a good one: “I think the research tells us that modern life is not good for mental health.”

Mindfulness Meditation Delivers Opioid-Free Pain Relief, Study Says: Researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center decided to take a peek at whether meditation uses natural opioids for pain reduction. According to the study’s leader Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy, “At the very least, we believe that meditation could be used in conjunction with other traditional drug therapies to enhance pain relief without it producing the addictive side effects and other consequences that may arise from opiate drugs.”

There Are Five Personality Types – Which One Are You? Have you ever heard of the “Big Five”? Simply put, they’re personality trait categories created based on a personality theory formulated back in 1990 by psychologists Robert McCrae and Paul Costa. Take a gander and see which category you identify with most.