If You Want to Be Happy, Try to Make Someone Else Happy

A new study shows that doing kind things for others is an important path to happiness.   When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he assured Americans of their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This idea seems to lead many Americans to chase after new gadgets and hedonistic pleasures. But[…]

Generosity May Help Us Live Longer

Generosity in the form of intergenerational wealth transfers has a direct correlation on mortality rates, a new 2020 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America reveals.   Spanning six continents, the study incorporates a wide range of populations (including children, adults, and elderly) from 34[…]

The Little Things Kids Are Appreciating Right Now

Consider these the smallest of silver linings.   Many Americans have spent almost a month in self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while it’s vitally important to keep our distance right now, it’s certainly been challenging for many.   For self-isolating families in particular, this has been a loooong few weeks. So we asked[…]

Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process,[…]

Four Ways Gratitude Helps You with Difficult Feelings

Research suggests that grateful people are more skillful at coping with stress and regulating their emotions.   Feeling grateful can bring us a variety of benefits, including better mental and physical health and improved relationships. We tend to think of gratitude as an emotion we experience when things are going well, one that is closely associated[…]