I use to fake smiles and pretend I wasn’t upset or anxious. The result wan’t pretty – I felt worse for longer and developed psychosomatic symptoms like irritable bowl syndrome and sciatica. The science replicates my experience; the NYT wrote an analysis of a relevant research study. The headline:  “A Fake Smile Can be Bad for Your […]

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Joy begets joy. You probably know at least a few people who are eternal, effervescent bundles of bliss: no matter how tiring or challenging their day, they just exude happiness. And whenever they enter a room, every person inside it lights up like a holiday tree, catching some of their pleasure, if only momentarily. Ever […]

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We humans all have the same innate desires – we all want to flourish.  Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology, recently published another great book in which he explores human happiness – Flourishing. There are three components of his book that I will focus on: PERMA – his new theory of happiness. A summary of the […]

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Research is emerging that indicates that acting virtuously does more than just buy you a ticket to heaven – it can make your stay on earth much more pleasurable. Weird, right? We associate virtue with characteristics such as ‘boring’, or ‘upright’. The ancients like Aristotle believed otherwise, teaching that we should live virtuously so that we could have […]

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The Losada ratio is the sum of the positivity in a system divided by the sum of its negativity. A ratio of 3.0 to 6.0 has been found to be highly correlated with high performance. The Losada ratio is also known as the positivity ratio, Gottman ratio, and Losada line. The first suspicion of a positivity ratio […]

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“A baby is an inestimable blessing and bother.”—Mark Twain, American Humorist, 1825-1910 Got kids? Survey after survey reveals that people with children are less happy, more stressed, and less sympathetic as marriage partners. So why is it that most of us believe that bearing (or adopting) and raising children is a direct path to happiness and the most […]

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