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2013-12-18 13:51:00

While residents of wealthy nations tend to have greater life satisfaction, new research shows that those living in poorer nations report having greater meaning in life. These findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that meaning in life may be higher in poorer nations as a result of greater religiosity. As countries become richer, religion becomes less central to people's lives and they lose a sense of meaning in life....

2011-08-09 08:01:41

There may be a few atheists in foxholes, but a new study suggests that in societies under stress, those who are religious outnumber "“ and are happier than "“ their nonreligious counterparts. Where peace and plenty are the norm, however, religious participation is lower and people are happier whether or not they are religious, the researchers found. A paper describing the research appears in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The study analyzed data from the...

2011-06-30 01:19:13

In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow proposed that all humans seek to fulfill a hierarchy of needs, which he represented with a pyramid. The pyramid's base, which he believed must come first, signified basic needs (for food, sleep and sex, for example). Safety and security came next, in Maslow's view, then love and belonging, then esteem and, finally, at the pyramid's peak, a quality he called "self-actualization." Maslow wrote that people who have these needs fulfilled should be...

2011-06-14 01:13:44

Many economists and sociologists have warned of the social dangers of a wide gap between the richest and everyone else. Now, a new study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, adds a psychological reason to narrow the disparity "“ it makes people unhappy. Over the last 40 years, "we've seen that people seem to be happier when there is more equality," says University of Virginia psychologist...

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2011-03-02 07:40:00

In a review of more than 160 studies of human and animal subjects, researchers have found "clear and compelling evidence" that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy counterparts. According to the review, published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, evidence linking an upbeat outlook on life to better health and longer life was stronger even than that linking obesity to reduced longevity. "I was almost shocked, and certainly...

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2010-07-01 07:40:00

Gallup poll asks, and the world answers A worldwide survey of more than 136,000 people in 132 countries included questions about happiness and income, and the results reveal that while life satisfaction usually rises with income, positive feelings don't necessarily follow, researchers report. The findings, from an analysis of data gathered in the first Gallup World Poll, appear this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. "The public always wonders: Does money make you...

2009-08-10 23:54:43

Psychological wealth may do more than financial wealth to get people through tough times, two U.S. psychologists suggest. Ed Diener of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Robert Biswas-Diener of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in Milwaukee said people should avoid the trap of over-emphasizing financial matters and consider a complete portfolio of resources. Essentially, we have two forms of prosperity: economic and psychological, Diener said in a statement. I don't...

2009-08-09 09:44:08

A focus on psychological wealth rather than financial wealth can help people get through today's tough times, according to two of the world's leading psychological experts on happiness. More money makes people feel better about their lives, but it won't necessarily improve their quality of life, they said Saturday.Ed Diener, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD, of the Centre for Applied Positive Psychology in Milwaukee, presented their...

2009-06-18 09:29:00

Sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) PHILADELPHIA, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The First World Congress on Positive Psychology, an international conference sponsored by the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA), kicks off in Philadelphia today with talks by two of the world's most renowned psychologists. Martin Seligman University of Pennsylvania Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology & Founding Director of the Positive...

2009-06-03 06:33:00

- Martin Seligman and Philip Zimbardo - In Philadelphia, birthplace of positive psychology Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 6:00 PM Sponsored by The International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) PHILADELPHIA, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What: The First World Congress on Positive Psychology, an international conference, sponsored by IPPA, bringing together experts in positive psychology from across the globe to present their latest findings, and applications of positive...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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