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The power of hugging: 7 reasons to embrace more

The coronavirus pandemic put a stop to embracing friends and family. But the power of a hug should never been underestimated. With National Hugging

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31 shadow work prompts for your psychological journey

Shadow work involves examining our personality flaws in an attempt to understand ourselves better. It's tough work but hugely beneficial.

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Four ways nature can protect your well-being during a pandemic

People who spent more time in nature these past two years have been happier and less stressed. By Jill Suttie on behalf of Greater Good Science

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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.
 
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How to stop self-sabotage: 5 techniques to try

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Self-sabotaging behaviour can stop you moving forward in life. Stanislava Puač Jovanović explains why we do it and offers five ways you can learn how to stop self-sabotage.
 
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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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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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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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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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Cherophobia: the fear of happiness explained

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Feeling unhappy is usually viewed as something to be avoided, but as Calvin Holbrook writes, 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 hormones: the neurochemicals of joy

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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

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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 the Greater Good Science Center. 
 
Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace,

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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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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: the pyramid of happiness

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What exactly is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Let's take a deeper look at the definition of the psychologist's so-called 'pyramid of happiness' with Arlo Laibowitz.
 
How do we become

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The power of kindness: why being nice benefits us all

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From boosting your mood to lowering stress, the power of kindness is real. In fact, science shows the benefits of being kind 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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Values and motivation: essential for meaning in life

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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.

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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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Apart of Me: a safe virtual space to help young people deal with grief

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Young people often struggle with grief following a loss, but a new app, Apart of Me, could help change that. Tine Steiss sat down with co-founder Louis Weinstock to find out more about this exciting

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Mindful people are happier due to clearer authenticity

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Many people believe that mindfulness makes us happier. But how does mindful living improve our authenticity (sense of self), or our happiness? New research sheds light on some of these fascinating

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The amazing effects of MBSR: backed up by science

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MBSR or mindfulness-based stress reduction is a technique growing in popularity. Ed Gould takes a look at the science behind it and the growing list of physical and mental positive effects on the

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