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Nicer Kids Are More Popular
2012-12-30 10:28:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Kids who do nice things for others are more likely to be popular among their fellow classmates, researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) claim in a new study. For the study, 400 nine to 11 year old fourth and fifth grade students attending elementary school in Vancouver were either asked to perform three simple acts of kindness or visit three different places...

2012-10-24 07:31:45

BROOKFIELD, Wis., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At the apex of one of the most negative political and economic environments in our nation's history, Hapacus has launched an educational program designed to help people improve their mental health and the pursuit of happiness. Capitalizing on the surge in positive mental health research, Hapacus has launched an integrated program allowing people to organize small groups to read, discuss, practice and ultimately teach what is often referred to...

Children Or No Children: Who's Happier?
2012-05-18 08:45:56

Parenting and paternity has its ups and downs. But are parents happier overall than single people? According to a recent study, people with children have shown to be happier than people without children. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, the University of British Columbia and Stanford University say parents are also happier during activities spent with their kids than during their other daily activities. Sonja Lyubomirsky, professor of psychology at UC Riverside,...

2012-05-07 14:34:13

The sayings “variety is the spice of life” and “happiness isn´t getting what you want, but wanting what you get” seem to have a psychological basis, according to a new study by an MU psychologist who identified two keys to becoming happier and staying that way. “Although the Declaration of Independence upholds the right to pursue happiness, that search can be a never-ending quest,” said Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences in the...

2011-11-01 09:13:00

BARTOW, Fla., Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans have been enjoying the great taste of orange juice for decades, and now research suggests they may turn to this refreshing beverage for how it makes them feel. A new study from the Florida Department of Citrus found drinking orange juice actually made participants feel positive, carefree and rejuvenated.(1) Through a patented research process designed to reveal unconscious emotions, consumers shared their thoughts and feelings about...

2011-09-14 07:15:00

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What makes us happy? Is there a specific formula for happiness? Do kids, marriage and money equate to a greater level of contentment? Are there scientifically proven principles regarding happiness that we can study, learn and practice? Do we live in a world that values and promotes happiness and well-being? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? These are some of the questions researchers are studying in a relatively new field called...

2011-07-29 14:52:25

Researchers from UC Riverside and Duke University propose a new and less expensive approach to treating depression. Practicing positive activities may serve as an effective, low-cost treatment for people suffering from depression, according to researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Duke University Medical Center. In "Delivering Happiness: Translating Positive Psychology Intervention Research for Treating Major and Minor Depressive Disorders," a paper that appears in the...

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2005-12-20 08:40:00

Worried about how to succeed in life? Don't worry, be happy. That's the take-home message from a major new review of studies on the downstream benefits of personal happiness. While everyone knows that successful careers and relationships make people happy, new research suggests this process works both ways. "Perhaps happy people also have a lot of good things come to them because of their happiness, their sociability, their energy," said lead author Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of...