Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. I passed around the corner and someone saw me grin. When he smiled, I realised I’d passed it on to him. I thought about that smile, then I realised its worth. A single smile, just like... Continue Reading →
Are married people happier in later life?
If you think being married is key to a happy life, think again, says study. Research has previously found married people have a greater sense of life satisfaction in later life compared to divorced or single people. Whilst this may be the case, the conclusions were based on a snapshot in time, and life is... Continue Reading →
Can healthy lifestyles make us happy?
Fruit, vegetables and exercise influence future happiness and delayed gratification could be the key, says research. Research has shown healthy lifestyles lead to increased wellbeing and happiness. However, scientists didn't know whether people eat healthier and exercise more because they are happy or happy because they eat healthier and exercise. Researchers from the Kent School... Continue Reading →
Does feeling happy have more than psychological benefits?
“Happiness is the highest form of health”, said the Dalai Lama, and he could be right. The desire to do what makes us happy is high because it feels good. But do happy feelings only have psychological benefits, or are there physical benefits as well? That was the question Kostadin Kushlev, Professor of Psychology at... Continue Reading →
Can facial expressions really alter our mood?
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life”, said Yoko Ono, and she could be right according to research. For years scientists have suggested that our facial expressions influence our emotions. If the theory is correct, we don't just smile because we are happy;... Continue Reading →
Why is it important to notice the natural world around us?
If you want to lift your spirits, take a sneak peek at the wildlife and nature lurking in your back yard or street, says research. Every day our senses process volumes of information from the world around us, shaping the quality of our thoughts and influencing how we feel. Now scientists are exploring the effects... Continue Reading →