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National hugging day: what are the benefits of hugging?

If you need any more incentive to dish out more hugs, Dee Marques has seven essential reasons to do so, all backed by science. In fact, the benefits

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Learn how to stop overthinking with these 9 tips

While thinking about past actions can sometimes help you move forward in life, overthinking can have the opposite effect and lead to depression and

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Does meditation really work? Here's what science says

Still have your doubts that meditation really works? Then here's the scientific proof to suggest that it does. Sonia Vadlamani looks at some of the

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National hugging day: what are the benefits of hugging?

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If you need any more incentive to dish out more hugs, Dee Marques has seven essential reasons to do so, all backed by science. In fact, the benefits of hugging are many – from stress reduction to an

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Learn how to stop overthinking with these 9 tips

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While thinking about past actions can sometimes help you move forward in life, overthinking can have the opposite effect and lead to depression and anxiety. Dee Marques shares nine tips on how you

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Does meditation really work? Here's what science says

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Still have your doubts that meditation really works? Then here's the scientific proof to suggest that it does. Sonia Vadlamani looks at some of the key meditation studies and discusses why

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How understanding your brain can help you learn

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A new book explains six keys to learning that can help anyone overcome barriers to success in school or in life. By Jill Suttie on behalf of Greater Good Science Center.
 
Recently, a

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How to stop self-sabotage: 5 techniques to try

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Self-sabotaging behaviour is damaging and can stop you moving forward in life. Stanislava Puač Jovanović explains why we self-sabotage and offers five practical ways you can learn how to stop

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How to prime your mind for optimism

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We can shift our mindset toward more optimism and happiness. By Catherine A. Sanderson on behalf of Greater Good Science Center.
 
When I was in my early twenties, my boyfriend, Bart,

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9 science-backed benefits of meditation

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Meditation is so much more than a trendy ancient practice. In fact, it has many scientifically-proven health benefits. From stress relief to lowering anxiety, Calvin Holbrook looks

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Three emerging insights about happiness

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Researchers are exploring how our everyday thoughts and feelings contribute to our well-being. By Kira M. Newman on behalf of Greater Good Science Center.
 
Last month, researchers

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11 science-backed truths about finding happiness

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Many of us are trying to find more happiness in our lives. Following these 11 science-backed tips from Calvin Holbrook every day could help to boost your well-being and

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Cognitive impairment: 5 key ways to reduce the risk as you age

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With age comes wisdom and experience, but also the possibility of cognitive impairment such as memory loss and poor judgement. But, as Ed Gould writes, there are five key ways to fight off these

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Money can’t buy happiness (except when you spend it like this)

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Think money can’t buy happiness? Think again. Research suggests that cash can improve well-being to a certain level. But, as Dee Marques finds out, essentially, it’s how you spend money that

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Cherophobia: the fear of happiness explained

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Feeling unhappy is usually viewed as something to be avoided, but as Calvin Holbrook discovers, studies show that cherophobia – the fear of happiness – is real. So, why are some people afraid of

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The World Happiness Report 2019: key findings

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The World Happiness Report 2019 has just been released. Calvin Holbrook reports on the findings of the report which ranks the happiest countries in the world to live in. And there are some shocks in

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Happiness. What is it exactly, anyway?

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What is the definition of happiness? Does it involve fancy holidays, flash cars or spendy shopping trips? Well, only if you want a cheap thrill. As Calvin Holbrook suggests, the true meaning of

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Happiness hormones: the neurochemicals of happiness

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The three so-called ‘happiness hormones’ are serotonin, dopamin and oxytocin. But how do they influence your mood and how can you boost them naturally to increase your happiness levels? Rae Bathgate

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Measuring happiness and well-being: how can we do it?

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How can you measure happiness when it means different things to different people? As Ed Gould explains, it is possible. Here are the techniques used in mapping and measuring happiness and well-being,

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Do mindfulness apps work?

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Research on mindfulness apps is limited, but here's what we know so far. By Kira M. Newman on behalf of Greater Good Science Center. 
 
Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and

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Is happiness genetic? Here's what science says

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The discovery of a so-called 'happiness gene' might suggest that happiness is genetic, but as Ed Gould finds out, much more is at play than just our DNA when shaping life

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The power of kindness (and how you can benefit from being nice)

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From boosting your mood to lowering stress, the power of kindness is proven. In fact, science shows the benefits of kindness are greater for the giver than the receiver. So, as Calvin Holbrook

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8 reasons why awe makes your life better

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Research suggests that awe can make you happier, healthier, more humble, and more connected to the people around you.
 
Starting 15 years ago, scientists have been studying the

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How relational energy can change your workplace

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We spend so much time at work that it's essential to our well-being that it's a happy experience. In fact, positivity in the workplace has been proven to be contagious. Happiness.com takes a look at

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Meaning in Life: Related to Motivation and Values

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New research suggests that meaning in life or purpose is related to values and motivation. But do motivations of intimacy and friendship rate higher or lower than financial success? And do men and

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The key to a good life is not what you think

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A unique study looking into the lives of men has found that happiness is not obtained from work, wealth or fame. In fact, the keys to a good life lie much closer to home.

An

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The time is now: how to stop worrying about the future

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Most worrying doesn't solve anything and only leads to anxiety. From 'mind cleaning' to 'worrying by appointment', Dee Marques explains five key strategies that will help you stop worrying about the

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Economic hardship: the three things that bring happiness during financial difficulties

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During times of economic hardship, how is happiness affected? Arlo Laibowitz examines how social contacts, religiosity and political confidence helps people to stay cheerful when facing financial

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