happiness

The plenary keynote closing day one was from Professor Carol Ryff (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Again there was a Covid tinge to her question, ‘Is wellbeing beyond the reach of many in our contemporary societies?’ According to her six-factor model of psychological well-...

Have you ever wondered what makes people happy? Earning more money? Being young or old? Male or female? Living in a socialist or capitalist society? The answer to these questions is… It’s complicated!

An Economist’s Lessons on Happiness is a captivating and...

This July Wellcome Collection will launch On Happiness, a season of free events, activities and two exhibitions – Joy and Tranquillity – which will bring together voices from across the cultural, scientific and spiritual fields to reflect on the elusive...

In this compelling and well-researched BBC Sounds podcast series, Professor Bruce Hood of the University of Bristol and BBC’s Emma Britton put forward a strong case that happiness is, to a large extent, something you can learn rather than a by-product of fate.

There is...

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...

Is happiness the most important goal we should all strive towards? So ask Edgar Cabanas and Eva Illouz in Manufacturing Happy Citizens, a book that covers the growing research into keeping society happy. 

Positive psychologists have built a global...

In August 1998, with his presidential address to the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, Martin Seligman launched the positive psychology movement. In the two decades since then it has caused, according to its architect, a ‘tectonic upheaval’ in the...

Here’s a fact about me: I used to have a job embalming and dissecting dead bodies for a local medical school. They were used to teach students about surgery and anatomy. Since then, I always ‘win’ any debate about who’s had the worst job. But it’s a pyrrhic victory,...

While Martin Seligman is well-known for his recent work on positive psychology, he trained and grew up with the work of Freud and Schopenhauer still the basis of much thought in the field: it was assumed that the best we could hope for was to not be miserable. At the start of...

It was good to see that Mihalyi Ciskszentmihalyi was featured in the article ‘Making a difference’ in The Psychologist (March 2017). His work on enjoyment, flow and happiness using the...