Happiness & SWB

Here you will find articles about happiness as a branch of positive psychology as well as important research findings about happiness and subjective well-being.

What is Hope in Psychology + 7 Exercises & Worksheets

hope therapy

While hope is an undoubtedly personal experience and one that can be challenging to define, the value and positive impact hope can have on human life is widely recognized and difficult to ignore. People often speak about hope strengthening their resolve and accompanying them even in their darkest hour; guiding […]

4 Scales to Measure Satisfaction with Life (SWLS)

Life Satisfaction Scales

Reflecting on our sense of happiness in different key areas of life can be difficult, especially if our life is seemingly all going well. Sometimes feelings of unhappiness or dissatisfaction just seem to find us and it’s up to us to take the time to explore why this might be. […]

6 Benefits of Happiness According to the Research

benefits of happiness

There are very few people who would say they wouldn’t like to be happier, and it’s easy to see why. The feeling of happiness is a wonderful experience, emotionally and mentally, and it makes sense that we’d want to create more of that in our lives. An entire industry has […]

The Dark Side of Happiness: Can We Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

dark side of happiness

One of Aesop’s most quoted lines goes, “It is possible to have too much of a good thing.” Another version of this line states “too much of a good thing is a bad thing”. We have all used these lines at one point in our lives. We also know how […]

How to Measure Happiness With Tests and Surveys (+ Quizzes)

happiness tests and surveys

Happiness continues to gain more and more attention as topics such as well-being and mental health become more popular. Companies all over the globe have started investing in workshops and learning sessions to help their employees become happier. Despite its increasing popularity, we still often find ourselves asking “what exactly […]

How Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness

spending money on others make us happy

Consumers beware! What you’re spending your money on might not be bringing you the long-term happiness you deserve. Those brief bursts of happy neurotransmitters when purchasing the latest gadget or trends are only temporary. As you will see, they don’t help the planet, and they won’t serve your long-term life […]

100+ Happiness Activities, Exercises, and Tools for Groups and Adults

Happiness Activities

Happiness: what would it look like if it was easy? While a booming self-help industry has overwhelmed us with an abundance of well-intentioned advice on how to become happier instantaneously, lack of systematic approach and empirical basis in many of the methods used to improve well-being has proven to be […]

19 Cliché Quotes on Happiness and Do They Hold True?

Happiness Quotes

You don’t have to look very far to find some of the many, many quotes on happiness that exist. But do you ever wonder how these quotes hold up when you consider the evidence? There’s nothing wrong with getting a quick mood boost from a quote—no matter how “accurate” it […]

How to be Happy: Is There a Secret Key to Finding True Happiness?

Search for happiness

Are you happy? It’s kind of a jarring question at first. Because if you are happy then does it mean you are never not happy? Or if there is somewhere you can put yourself to always be happy, how do you get yourself there? The Search for Happiness is a […]

Is Happiness Genetic and What Causes It?

Is Happiness Genetic and what causes it

The study of happiness in science is relatively new on the scene. Concentrating scientific research on what is right with humans, rather than what is wrong has given vast amounts of new insight into well-being. While it is not a hard science, the past decades have had major advances in […]

The Psychology, Theory, and Science of Happiness (+ 16 Best Articles)

The Psychology and theory of happiness

I will admit that when I learned that I was to write an article on the psychology, theory, and science of happiness, I thought “easy!”. Little did I know the overwhelming depth of this topic! I found myself asking questions – can science explain happiness? Can happiness be measured? What […]

Success Versus Happiness – What is More Important?

Which come first when comparing success versus happiness? Most people believe that through success they will automatically become happier, but is that true?

What is more important to you, happiness or success? According to psychologist Daniel Gilbert, who is a psychology professor at Harvard, happiness is the ultimate goal of virtually all the decisions we make in life (Gilbert, 2010). Gilbert suggests that the measure of a good decision depends on whether that […]

15 Best Happiness Books and Are They Worth Your Time?

Books on Happiness

There is a wealth of material out there about happiness. Perhaps your ‘taste-buds’ have been tempted by reading about happiness – either on this website, in your practice, or forming research. You would have found that there are some fantastic books on what is a very broad topic. But it […]

Happiness at Work: 10 Tips for How to be Happy at Work

The Science behind happiness at work

How often do you consider quitting your job and feel that you are not getting paid enough for the dedication and service you offer your organization? Happiness and satisfaction are subjective concepts - while for some of us monetary benefits can be equated with job satisfaction, some might strive for […]

How to Find Inner Peace and Happiness (Incl. Mantras + Quotes)

How to find Inner Peace and Happiness

Inner peace is closely related to happiness. From Buddhist philosophy to Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, they have all been strong proponents of inner peace. “The pursuit of inner peace is more important than the search for happiness or success." - Chris Shea If you want to find inner peace […]

The Science of Happiness (Incl. 7 Best Videos + Podcast)

Understanding the science of happiness

With the rise of positive psychology, there has been an ever-increasing focus on the good things in life: compassion, forgiveness, joy, elevation, success, thriving, and well-being - and, of course, happiness. What used to be the realm of entertainment magazines and self-help gurus is now an established and expanding corner of the […]

The Philosophy of Happiness in Life (+ Aristotle’s View)

The Philosophy of Happiness in Life

Happiness. It is a term we throw about without much thought these days… my guess is that, actually, you think you know what is meant by saying someone is happy. We all hope to be happy and live a ‘good life’– whatever that means! Do you wonder what does it […]