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Spreading Happiness and Baconnaise

I once saw a Daily Show episode where John Stewart responded to President Obama’s statement that “this is America: we don’t do what’s easy, we do what’s necessary” by holding up a jar of Baconnaise (bacon spread for sandwiches). Stewart sarcastically retorted that Americans love doing what’s easy – so much that products like Baconnaise …
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Objective Happiness Quiz

Thousands of visitors have taken the Objective Happiness Quiz, which asks respondents about various aspects of their lifestyle, and projects how happy they are (not taking into account genetic factors) based on the results. It’s meant to be educational, as after the quiz respondents are invited to click a link to our “Science of Happiness” …
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Happiness Now: Relationships

I recently received two emails that asked me exactly the same question. What can I do right now to become happier? My immediate thought was “go on a wild shopping spree.” And seriously, I have seen blogs suggesting that depressed people should go shopping. Of course, the big question is, what can I do now …
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Does Technology affect Happiness?

A revealing study on this topic came out recently on the NYT. This is something I have been wondering about for years. Why are rates of depression soaring among young people? Face to face human communication, as opposed to communication with pixels (not communication with pixies, you could get in bigger trouble with that), seem to …
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Measuring Happiness: The Top Questionnaires

Measuring happiness is at least as difficult as catching rare and elusive butterflies. What kind of net should we use? We include a list of some of the most well known measures such as the Oxford Happiness Inventory (Argyle and Hill), the Subjective Happiness Scale (Lyubomirsky & Lepper), the Satisfaction with Life Scale (Deiner, Emmons, Larsen …
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