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Materialism And The Treadmill Of Consumption
2014-04-01 12:25:26

Baylor University People who are materialistic are more likely to be depressed and unsatisfied, in part because they find it harder to be grateful for what they have, according to a study by Baylor University researchers. The study — “Why are materialists less happy? The role of gratitude and need satisfaction in the relationship between materialism and life satisfaction” — appears in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. “Gratitude is a positive mood. It’s...

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....

2013-09-10 14:21:56

By combining the experience of self-reported positive and negative emotions among 1,400 US-residents, researchers created four affective profiles which they then used to discern differences in happiness, depression, life satisfaction and happiness-increasing strategies. The differences between these profiles suggested that promoting positive emotions can positively influence a depressive-to-happy state (defined as increasing levels of happiness and decreasing levels of depression across the...

2013-07-11 16:23:40

Accepting what cannot be changed is key to happiness in old age after loss of independence When older adults lose control as they move into residential care, they adapt and accept what cannot be changed in order to stay happy. According to a new study, by Jaclyn Broadbent, Shikkiah de Quadros-Wander and Jane McGillivray from Deakin University in Australia, when it comes to satisfaction in later life the ability to accept what cannot be changed is as important as the feeling of being able...

Study Shows Personal Satisfaction Increased When Income Is Too
2012-12-03 15:45:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Money may not buy happiness, but a new study shows that increasing personal income can have a positive effect on a person´s satisfaction. The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, examined a host of economic, societal, and psychological factors in an attempt to correlate happiness and overall life satisfaction with financial well-being. "We've found that rising income does lead to rising...

Happy Kids Become Wealthy Adults
2012-11-20 05:27:25

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from the University College London recently found that children who have a happy childhood have a greater likelihood of growing up into adults who are wealthy. The study is considered the first in-depth investigation to look at the impact of youthful happiness in future wealth. The finding that happy kids were more likely to earn higher levels of income as adults was discovered Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor of...