Today is International Day of Happiness, celebrated by the UN in recognition of the importance of happiness in individuals all around the world. Here we bring together links to articles from across the years on happiness.
How selfish is your search for happiness?
Joe Smith on differing views over what we should strive for, and what they mean for positive psychology on the 20th anniversary of its springing to life
Work is not its own reward
An exclusive extract from The Happy Brain, the new book from neuroscientist, blogger and comedian Dean Burnett
The downsides of positivity
Kate Sweeny provides a nuanced picture of the research
Happiness then and now
Sandie McHugh and Jerome Carson describe two happiness surveys from Bolton, 76 years apart
Teaching happiness – a brave new world?
Maggi Evans on well-being initiatives and whose vision is being pushed
Think having children will make you happy?
Think again, suggests Nattavudh Powdthavee – you’re experiencing a focusing illusion
Increasing happiness in lasting ways
Christopher Peterson and Nansook Park offer an optimistic view of the opportunities
Searching for happiness at work
Peter Warr with his framework for research and practice
Questioning the science and politics of happiness
The Midlands Psychology Group questions whether Lord Layard’s focus is all wrong. Perhaps unhappiness is one of our most precious assets?
Happiness - stuck with what you've got?
David Lykken and Mike Csikszentmihalyi debate the impact of genetic factors on happiness
In later life, we become less aware of other people’s anger and fear, but remain sensitive to their happiness – Emma Young
People’s responses to news clips suggest there is a greater market for happy stories than journalists realise – Matthew Warren
People who use more happy words are not necessarily happier – An awkward finding for language-based emotion research – Matthew Warren
The ‘experiential advantage’ is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things– Juliet Hodges
New evidence shows the calming power of reminiscing about happy times – Emma Young
We know what will make us happy, why do we watch TV instead? – Christian Jarrett
For people in Japan, happiness isn’t associated with better health – Emma Young
It is possible to find happiness again after major depression – Christian Jarrett
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