Like putty, we can be reshaped. We are not stagnant. Lest we dump problems on tomorrow, we can change today. There’s no stopping the expectation for improvement. We have to demand progress, even if it means we have to fake it. Positive psychology is a different mode of experiencing. It shall not be forced, but […]
Behavioral economists explain why the mid-life crisis is only temporary. Happiness increases with old age. “Life satisfaction tends to decline gradually after early adulthood, bottom out in middle age [or 40s], then gradually rebound after.” Study: Is well-being U-shaped over the life cycle? In short, life gets better after 50.
According to Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor’s book [easyazon_link identifier=”0307591557″ locale=”US” tag=”wells01-20″]The Happiness Advantage[/easyazon_link], it is happiness that begets success and not the other way around. And one of the quickest ways to boost your mood is to start by sending someone a quick email every morning. The simplest thing you can do is a two-minute email […]
In 1922, short off his Nobel prize in physics, Einstein traveled to Tokyo to deliver a 4-hour lecture at the Imperial Palace. But he also left someone an important message on happiness. Out of tip money at his hotel, Einstein instead gave his Japanese courier a nugget of wisdom: “A calm and modest life brings […]
“I trust all joy.” — Theodore Roethke
We all want to experience pleasure all the time. But it’s utility is temporary, the dopamine hit comes and goes. Addiction is the attempt to make it last forever. Spinning the social media wheel, again and again, is a prime example of its superficiality. Happiness, on the other hand, “is long-term, additive and generous.” It’s […]