Happiness News

Walking or Cycling to Work Boosts Mental Well-Being

September 14th, 2014
Walking or cycling to work is better for people's mental health than driving to work, according to a new study. Research by health economists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) in the United ...

Happy Wife, Happy Life

September 13th, 2014
A new study finds that for older adults, the more content the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband is with his life -- no matter how he feels about their relationship. “I think it comes down to the fact that ...

Making The Choice Between Honesty & Self-Interest

September 6th, 2014
Scientists say they have found a part of the brain that helps us decide to be honest, even when telling a lie is more beneficial. "We prefer to be honest, even if lying is beneficial," said Lusha Zhu, Ph.D., the study's lead author ...

Competition, Challenge Predict Game Enjoyment

September 4th, 2014
New research discovers having fun while playing a game is linked to challenge and unpredictability more so than winning — in fact, winning can be boring. A new study shows that people usually enjoy a game more if they are challenged, regardless of ...

Recording The Mundane Brings Unexpected Rewards

September 3rd, 2014
New research finds that documenting everyday events appears to provide much more future pleasure than what is expected. And trying to record extraordinary life events may reduce the overall pleasure of the event in the moment and dampen its memory. Researchers discovered our tendency ...

Waiting on Experiences Can Be More Valuable than Things

September 3rd, 2014
A new study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests the enjoyment we derive from experiential purchases may begin even before we buy. This research offers important information for individual consumers who are trying to “decide on the right mix of material and experiential ...

Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

September 1st, 2014
Volunteering appears to play an important role for improving the health and happiness of older adults with the activity perhaps even more beneficial for seniors with a chronic health condition. A new study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, is the first to examine ...

Childhood Burn Survivors Suffer Higher Rates of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

August 31st, 2014
Adults who were hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to a new Australian study. A 30-year follow-up study of childhood burn victims by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for ...

College Students In Study Spend 8 to 10 Hours Daily on Cell Phone

August 31st, 2014
A new study from researchers at Baylor University has found that women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cell phones, while men students spend nearly eight hours. “That’s astounding,” said lead author James Roberts, Ph.D., Ben H. ...

Family MD Could Be 1st Line of Defense for Abused Rural Women

August 24th, 2014
A new study shows that primary care physicians can be a critical resource for abused women in rural areas. But the study also found that many primary care physicians do not routinely screen women for intimate partner violence (IPV), according to researchers at ...