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.

The 13 Best Happiness TED Talks on YouTube

The Best TED Talks on Happiness

Happiness is universally desired by humans. In general, happiness refers to people’s sense of wellness in their lives - in both thoughts and actions (Diener & Tay, 2017, p. 90). Research studies have confirmed that “being happy” is beneficial on several accounts, from having a strong immune system (Cohen et […]

Life Satisfaction Theory and 4 Contributing Factors (Incl. SWLS Scale)

If you’re a bit confused about the many, many terms being thrown around related to happiness, well-being, and life satisfaction, you’re not alone!  There are so many ways to talk about this topic in positive psychology that it’s easy to get bogged down in ambiguity. For laymen and those not involved […]

Pollyanna Principle: The Psychology of Positivity Bias

Pollyanna Principle: On a Constant Quest For What's Right

When you think of “bias” you probably think of it in terms of something negative. For example, you might think of being biased against a group of people and link it to racism, or you may think of the theory of confirmation bias, which states that we often ignore all […]

Why You Should Have Never Had Kids (If You Want To Be Happy, That Is)

parenthood paradox

Update September 2019: Wow. It's been two years since I published this post and the comments are still pouring in. Reading these comments will teach you more about human nature than the article will because of the strength of human biases (especially cognitive dissonance reduction and confirmation bias) that is […]

The PERMA Model: Your Scientific Theory of Happiness

A scientific theory of happiness

Everyone seems to be in the pursuit of happiness nowadays, but what if we had a model—like the PERMA model—to help guide us? There are many ways to reach happiness, including training your mind for happiness, spending money on others, and following the guidelines presented here for well-being and happiness. What are the […]

How "Hope" Can Keep You Happy If You Do It Right

hope and happiness

Hope can strengthen and support happiness. The Dalai Lama summed up this idea nicely when he said: “The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, […]

Happiness & The Science Behind It: How to Train Your Brain

Happiness has been a human pursuit for as long as we can remember, and positive psychology has taken this concept into the realm of scientific research in hopes of gaining a better understanding of global well-being and meaningful living.  Whether on a global or an individual level, the pursuit of […]

The Hedonic Treadmill – Are We Forever Chasing Rainbows?

hedonic adaptation treadmill

Can you remember the last time you were dreaming of buying a new car, getting a promotion at work, moving into a nicer house or finding a partner to share life with? Do you remember fantasizing about how happy you would be if you attained those things? If you finally […]

Subjective Well-Being: Your Life, Your Happiness

subjective well-being

Asking the question, "Am I living a fulfilling life?" is an essential part of being human. The answer to the age-old question is based on one's subjective well-being (SWB), which is completely particular to the individual in question. There are no set guidelines for how to develop a higher level […]

Happiness & Well-Being Coaching with PERMA

Life coach using PERMA Model

In coaching settings, it can be extremely helpful to work from a theoretical framework or model. These can be used to guide clients through their thought-process and explore the various aspects of the model. These models can also change how coaches relate to the client’s experience, which leads to deeper […]

What Is the “Good Life?” How Positive Psychology Can Create Meaning

the good life

A lot has been said and written about the “good life,” and with some 7.3 billion people on this planet, there are quite possibly just as many opinions on what it constitutes. If I have learned one thing in 36 years, it is the fact that “good” is a very […]