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We read, analyze and keep track of all the happiness studies we refer to in our articles. As a result, we've analyzed 428 studies, journals, and reports across 106 publications. This page lists every happiness study we've come across and includes the most interesting happiness facts that we found in the study. As a result, you don't have to read through the whole thing!

Here are the top 5 publications with the most happiness studies in our database:

  1. NCBI: 75 happiness studies
  2. APA: 40 happiness studies
  3. Research Gate: 33 happiness studies
  4. Science Direct: 31 happiness studies
  5. Sage journals: 27 happiness studies

This page is updated every month with the latest studies and observations.

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51 studies about happiness in general


► Study #1
Study title:   Social Laughter Is Correlated With An Elevated Pain Threshold
Interesting finding:  Laughing improves wellbeing and mood, but it also increases endorphins and your pain threshold.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #2
Study title:   The Influence Of Sad Mood On Cognition
Interesting finding:  A sad mood may influence your memory and ability to recognize emotion-related facial expressions in others
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #3
Study title:   The Impact Of Positive Mood On Learning
Interesting finding:  A positive mood has been shown to improve your capacity to learn and helps you perform better than if you were in even a “neutral mood”.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #4
Study title:   Dynamic Spread Of Happiness In A Large Social Network: Longitudinal Analysis Over 20 Years In The Fr...
Interesting finding:  Research suggests that happiness and other good vibes are extremely contagious.
Published by:   BMJ
► Study #5
Study title:   Happiness Is A Personal(Ity) Thing
Interesting finding:  Some people are born with personalities capable of creating an ‘affective reserve.’ These people are able to use this reserve of happiness to cope better with life’s difficulties.
Published by:   University of Rochester
► Study #6
Study title:   The Remarkable Changes In The Science Of Subjective Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Happiness is higher among people with access to financial resources and social support.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #7
Study title:   Mental Illness And Unhappiness
Interesting finding:  Mental health is the strongest indicator of happiness.
Published by:   SSRN
► Study #8
Study title:   Needs And Subjective Well-Being Around The World
Interesting finding:  A person can still find ways to be happy even if their most basic needs are fulfilled only partially.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #9
Study title:   Meaning Of Happiness In Children: An Exploratory Study
Interesting finding:  Children find happiness in self-fulfillment through activities and hobbies, and relationships.
Published by:   Psychological Research and Intervention
► Study #10
Study title:   The Shifting Meaning Of Happiness
Interesting finding:  While younger people are more likely to associate happiness with excitement, older people are more likely to associate happiness with peacefulness.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #11
Study title:   Can People Really “Laugh At Themselves?”—Experimental And Correlational Evidence.
Interesting finding:  There's a correlation between the ability to laugh at yourself and being a positive and happy person.
Published by:   APA
► Study #12
Study title:   Affective Forecasting: The Perils Of Predicting Future Feelings
Interesting finding:  People often mispredict how much an anticipated event actually makes them happy.
Published by:   APA
► Study #13
Study title:   The Broaden-And-Build Theory Of Positive Emotions
Interesting finding:  A positive mindset can be triggered, and more importantly, a positive mindset initiates more creativity and an urge to “play ball”.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #14
Study title:   I Am So Happy ’Cause Today I Found My Friend: Friendship And Personality As Predictors Of Happiness
Interesting finding:  Friendship variables accounted for 58% of the variance in people’s happiness.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #15
Study title:   Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation Of Gratitude And Subjective Well-Be...
Interesting finding:  People who are encouraged to think of things they’re grateful for are approximately 10% happier than those who are not.
Published by:   Berkely University of California
► Study #16
Study title:   The Complex Relationship Between Education And Happiness: The Case Of Highly Educated Individuals In...
Interesting finding:  Education seems to affect happiness through income: the higher the education level, the higher the income.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #17
Study title:   Personality Similarity In Twins Reared Apart And Together.
Interesting finding:  A study of 217 identical twins and 114 fraternal twins found that DNA was responsible for 39% to 58% of our happiness.
Published by:   APA
► Study #18
Study title:   Measuring Happiness: From Fluctuating Happiness To Authentic–Durable Happiness
Interesting finding:  A sense of inner peace is a dimension of durable and lasting happiness.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #19
Study title:   Happiness & Health: The Biological Factors- Systematic Review Article
Interesting finding:  Research shows that genetic factors count for 35-50% of our happiness. It is believed that most of this effect comes from genes that code mood and emotional regulation.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #20
Study title:   The Meaning Of Happiness: Word Association Study Shows How People Describe Happiness
Interesting finding:  Out of all words, the word “Love” is most associated with the word “Happiness”.
Published by:   Tracking Happiness
► Study #21
Study title:   Individual Differences In Cognitive Emotion Regulation: Implications For Subjective And Psychologica...
Interesting finding:  Adaptive and effective emotion regulation strategies have been found to be positively correlated with subjective well-being and happiness.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #22
Study title:   Vacationers Happier, But Most Not Happier After A Holiday
Interesting finding:  Pre and post-holiday happiness is the same regardless of the length of the trip.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #23
Study title:   Controlling Happiness Correlates With 32% Higher Happiness (New Study Results)
Interesting finding:  89% of people think that happiness can be controlled.
Published by:   Tracking Happiness
► Study #24
Study title:   Spending Money On Others Promotes Happiness
Interesting finding:  Spending money on others promotes happiness more than spending money on oneself.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #25
Study title:   Not Always The Best Medicine: Why Frequent Smiling Can Reduce Wellbeing
Interesting finding:  Frequent smiling only makes you happier if you believe that a smile reflects happiness.
Published by:   Hong Kong University
► Study #26
Study title:   Creative Activities Promote Day-To-Day Wellbeing: Otago Research
Interesting finding:  Creativity on one day predicted happiness on the next.
Published by:   University of Otago
► Study #27
Study title:   Vanishing Time In The Pursuit Of Happiness
Interesting finding:  When we’re focused on happiness as a destination, we end up feeling like we have less time to enjoy it.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #28
Study title:   Vacationers Happier, But Most Not Happier After A Holiday
Interesting finding:  People are typically happier planning vacations than after going on them.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #29
Study title:   Altruism, Happiness, And Health: It’S Good To Be Good
Interesting finding:  Happier individuals tend to be healthier and live longer lives.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #30
Study title:   The Role Of Self-Esteem, Psychological Well - Being, Emotional Self - Efficacy, And Affect Balance O...
Interesting finding:  Psychological well-being, emotional self-efficacy, affect balance and self-esteem explain 51% of the total variance of happiness.
Published by:   Paperity
► Study #31
Study title:   Determinants Of Happiness In Undergraduate University Students
Interesting finding:  The old adage about money not buying happiness is only true if you already have enough of it; for others, financial security is an important contributor to happiness.
Published by:   Ingenta
► Study #32
Study title:   Be Rich or Be Good: The Interaction Between Prosociality and Socioeconomic Status in Predicting Pers...
Interesting finding:  Helping people, whether it’s a close friend or a stranger, leads to greater happiness.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #33
Study title:   Why Are Materialists Less Happy? The Role of Gratitude and Need Satisfaction in the Relationship bet...
Interesting finding:  People who place a high value on materialistic items have lower levels of life satisfaction.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #34
Study title:   How Do Simple Positive Activities Increase Well-Being?
Interesting finding:  Simple positive activities help make us happier. These activities could be engaging in kindness or keeping a gratitude diary.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #35
Study title:   The Benefits of Being Yourself: An Examination of Authenticity, Uniqueness, and Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Following your authenticity leads to greater wellbeing.
Published by:   University of Pennsylvania
► Study #36
Study title:   The Benefits of Frequent Positive Affect: Does Happiness Lead to Success?
Interesting finding:  When you are feeling happier, you are more likely to be successful and achieve the outcomes you desire in life.
Published by:   APA
► Study #37
Study title:   A range of kindness activities boost happiness
Interesting finding:  When you prioritize your needs and show kindness to yourself you experience greater levels of happiness.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #38
Study title:   Spending on experiences versus possessions advances more immediate happiness
Interesting finding:  xperiences bring us more happiness than stuff.
Published by:   Science Daily
► Study #39
Study title:   Being present and enjoying it: Dispositional mindfulness and savoring the moment are distinct, inter...
Interesting finding:  Savoring the moment leads to greater rates of positive emotion and reduced incidents of depression.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #40
Study title:   Life Goals Matter to Happiness: A Revision of Set-Point Theory
Interesting finding:  Having life goals is linked to happiness and subjective well-being.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #41
Study title:   Productive Activities and Psychological Well-Being Among Older Adults
Interesting finding:  If we want to fight off depression and maintain mental well-being throughout our life span, it’s important to find ways to contribute to the world around you instead of giving in to the allure of laziness and inaction.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #42
Study title:   Savoring Interventions Increase Positive Emotions After a Social-Evaluative Hassle
Interesting finding:  The short-term impact of savoring the moment allows you to identify, focus on, and increase positive emotions.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #43
Study title:   Rise in worker happiness leads to an increase in productivity
Interesting finding:  Happier people are more productive and creative.
Published by:   Phys.org
► Study #44
Study title:   Emotional rescue: the role of emotional intelligence and emotional labour on well-being and job-stre...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who are more in touch with their own emotions and the emotions of others experience less stress and greater levels of well-being.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #45
Study title:   Being kind to yourself has mental and physical benefits
Interesting finding:  Being kind to ourselves has mental and physical benefits. For instance, practicing self-compassion exercises can lower the heart rate, which boosts our immunity.
Published by:   Science Daily
► Study #46
Study title:   The Authentic Personality: A Theoretical and Empirical Conceptualization and the Development of the...
Interesting finding:  Those who score higher on authenticity report greater happiness.
Published by:   Research Gate

122 studies about behavior and happiness


► Study #47
Study title:   No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate With Daily Patterns Of Mood And Cortisol
Interesting finding:  A lack of organization increases cortisol levels and negatively impacts your mood.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #48
Study title:   Dopamine-Producing Areas Of The Brain Inspire Creativity
Interesting finding:  Having success while doing a puzzle releases dopamine in the brain.
Published by:   Medical Xpress
► Study #49
Study title:   An Environmental Approach To Positive Emotion: Flowers
Interesting finding:  People respond with much more happiness to receiving flowers than other thank you gifts.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #50
Study title:   Being Good, Doing Good: The Role Of Honesty And Integrity For Health
Interesting finding:  Individuals who prioritize honesty and integrity have healthier and longer lifespans.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #51
Study title:   Physical Order Produces Healthy Choices, Generosity, And Conventionality, Whereas Disorder Produces...
Interesting finding:  People who are in a more organized environment are more likely to choose healthier snacks than those in a disorganized environment.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #52
Study title:   Threat Detection: Behavioral Practices In Animals And Humans
Interesting finding:  Routines in life help manage stress and anxiety.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #53
Study title:   Decision Fatigue Exhausts Self-Regulatory Resources
Interesting finding:  Planning each day the night before increases productivity and frees up time.
Published by:   Psychology Today
► Study #54
Study title:   Optimism And Its Impact On Mental And Physical Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Those who choose to focus on the good adapt better to stressful situations.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #55
Study title:   Dispositional Optimism And All-Cause And Cardiovascular Mortality In A Prospective Cohort Of Elderly...
Interesting finding:  Those who expect good outcomes in life are less likely to pass away, especially from a cardiovascular cause.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #56
Study title:   Optimistic Expectancies And Cell-Mediated Immunity: The Role Of Positive Affect
Interesting finding:  Focusing on the positive can lead to a stronger immunity.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #57
Study title:   Consistent Routines May Ease Bipolar Disorder
Interesting finding:  Having structured routines can have a significant positive impact on your mental health, including improving bipolar disorder and preventing substance abuse.
Published by:   APA
► Study #58
Study title:   Threat Detection: Behavioral Practices In Animals And Humans
Interesting finding:  Routine helps to make life feel more predictable, stable, and controllable, which can give a calming and anxiety-reducing effect.
Published by:   Tel Aviv University
► Study #59
Study title:   Health Benefits Of Having A Routine
Interesting finding:  People who lack structure in their life may be more likely to suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, worsened physical condition and procrastination.
Published by:   Northwestern Medicine
► Study #60
Study title:   Science Says Having A Regular Bedtime Is Healthy For Adults, Too
Interesting finding:  Having a good routine can improve your quality of rest, which in turn can positively affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being, and energy level.
Published by:   Healthline
► Study #61
Study title:   Self-Discipline Outdoes Iq In Predicting Academic Performance Of Adolescents
Interesting finding:  Self-discipline has a stronger effect on academic performance than IQ.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #62
Study title:   Predicting Success In Online Psychology Courses: Self-Discipline And Motivation
Interesting finding:  Self-discipline and motivation are the only predictors of success in an online psychology course.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #63
Study title:   The Relationship Between Self-Control And Health: The Mediating Effect Of Avoidant Coping
Interesting finding:  Lower self-control is related to unhealthy coping mechanisms, which in turn causes worse health outcomes.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #64
Study title:   Yes, But Are They Happy? Effects Of Trait Self-Control On Affective Well-Being And Life Satisfaction
Interesting finding:  Self‐control positively contributes to happiness through avoiding and dealing with motivational conflict.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #65
Study title:   High Self-Esteem Buffers Negative Feedback: Once More With Feeling
Interesting finding:  College students who based their self-worth on external sources, such as appearance and approval from others, have higher levels of drug and alcohol use.
Published by:   APA
► Study #66
Study title:   Authentic Happiness: Using The New Positive Psychology To Realize Your Potential For Lasting Fulfill...
Interesting finding:  People who have identified the things they’re good at and actively pursue them experience more positive emotions, increased engagement, and higher levels of well-being.
Published by:   APA
► Study #67
Study title:   Looking For Adolescents' Well-Being: Self-Efficacy Beliefs As Determinants Of Positive Thinking And...
Interesting finding:  Self-efficacy is proven to predict happiness and positive thinking in adolescents, an age group that is notorious for their lack of optimism.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #68
Study title:   The Interplay Between Motivation, Self-Efficacy, And Approaches To Studying
Interesting finding:  University students with high levels of self-efficacy are more likely to adopt a deep and strategic approach to studying, which will lead to improved results.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #69
Study title:   Unplugging Or Staying Connected? Examining The Nature, Antecedents, And Consequences Of Profiles Of...
Interesting finding:  Sufficient rest and being "unplugged" is crucial to your health.
Published by:   APA
► Study #70
Study title:   People Who Give, Live Longer: U-M Study Shows
Interesting finding:  Elderly couples who give practical support to others have a decreased risk of dying.
Published by:   University of Michigan
► Study #71
Study title:   Can Volunteering In Later Life Reduce The Risk Of Dementia? A 5-Year Longitudinal Study Among Volunt...
Interesting finding:  Older people who volunteer have reduced risk of dementia and fewer cognitive problems.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #72
Study title:   On The Constructive Episodic Simulation Of Past And Future Events
Interesting finding:  Our thoughts about the future are based on past experiences, but it’s important to let go of the past to make room for new possibilities.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #73
Study title:   Reminiscing About Positive Memories Buffers Acute Stress Responses
Interesting finding:  Positive reminiscence evokes positive emotions that have a restorative and protective effect on our brain in the face of stress.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #74
Study title:   Is Crying Good For You?
Interesting finding:  Researchers have confirmed that crying releases feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin that ease emotional and physical pain.
Published by:   Harvard Health Publishing
► Study #75
Study title:   Buffering Role Of Locus Of Control On Stress Among The College/University Teachers Of Bahawalpur
Interesting finding:  People with an internal locus of control perform better academically and are more effective learners, and are more resistant to stress.
Published by:   Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences
► Study #76
Study title:   Impact Of Positive Self-Talk
Interesting finding:  Positive self-talk has been regarded as a “skill” that can change even young children’s perspectives and impact how they deal with circumstances that involve themselves and others.
Published by:   University of Lethbridge
► Study #77
Study title:   Consumerism And Well-Being In India And The Uk: Identity Projection And Emotion Regulation As Underl...
Interesting finding:  A 2011 study revealed that consumerism is linked to lower well-being.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #78
Study title:   How Possibly Do Leisure And Social Activities Impact Mental Health Of Middle-Aged Adults In Japan?:...
Interesting finding:  Creativity, hobbies, and other leisure activities have been shown in studies to improve general wellbeing.
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #79
Study title:   Self-Defeating Humour Promotes Psychological Well-Being, Study Reveals
Interesting finding:  The ability to laugh at yourself predicts a number of very positive character traits.
Published by:   Universidad de Granada
► Study #80
Study title:   Dimensions Of Perfectionism, Unconditional Self-Acceptance, And Depression
Interesting finding:  Learning to accept yourself leads to lower levels of depression and perfectionism.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #81
Study title:   Defend Your Research: The More People Want Something, The Less They’Ll Like It
Interesting finding:  When people are offered a reward of some kind, which they are then denied, their desire to get the reward increases.
Published by:   Harvard Business Review
► Study #82
Study title:   Decision Speed And Choice Regret: When Haste Feels Like Waste
Interesting finding:  Rushed decisions lead to regret more often.
Published by:   Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
► Study #83
Study title:   Are Happier Nations More Responsible? Examining The Link Between Happiness And Sustainability
Interesting finding:  There might be a link between a country’s happiness and its sustainability rankings.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #84
Study title:   Gratitude Influences Sleep Through The Mechanism Of Pre-Sleep Cognitions
Interesting finding:  Practicing gratitude predicts greater sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency and daytime dysfunction.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #85
Study title:   Subjective Well-Being And Its Sub-Scales Among Students: The Study Of Role Of Creativity And Self-Ef...
Interesting finding:  A 2014 study among university students found a significant relationship between creativity and subjective, emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #86
Study title:   Creative Occupations And Subjective Wellbeing
Interesting finding:  People with creative occupations like town planners, architects, and graphic designers showed higher levels of well-being compared to those with non-creative professions like bankers, insurance agents, and accountants.
Published by:   Nesta
► Study #87
Study title:   Creative Days: A Daily Diary Study Of Emotion, Personality, And Everyday Creativity.
Interesting finding:  People are more creative on days when they experienced more positive emotions.
Published by:   APA
► Study #88
Study title:   Stability Of The Positive Mood Effect On Creativity When Task Switching, Practice Effect, And Test I...
Interesting finding:  People perform better in a creativity task when they are in an experimentally induced positive mood.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #89
Study title:   Self-Care And Well-Being In Mental Health Professionals: The Mediating Effects Of Self-Awareness And...
Interesting finding:  A 2010 study found a significant correlation between self-awareness and well-being in mental health professionals.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #90
Study title:   Compassion Fatigue Among Healthcare, Emergency And Community Service Workers: A Systematic Review
Interesting finding:  Being too compassionate to others is not good. Spending too much of your own energy on others can result in stress.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #91
Study title:   Nostalgia: Past, Present, And Future
Interesting finding:  Thinking back on past memories that you like is a great way to be happy.
Published by:   University of Southampton
► Study #92
Study title:   Enhancing Well-Being And Alleviating Depressive Symptoms With Positive Psychology Interventions: A P...
Interesting finding:  Positive psychology interventions significantly enhance well-being and decrease depressive symptoms.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #93
Study title:   Happiness, Creative Ideation, And Locus Of Control
Interesting finding:  Internal locus of control has been found to be positively correlated with happiness.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #94
Study title:   Towards A Theory Of Minimalism And Wellbeing
Interesting finding:  People who identify as minimalists report positive changes to different aspects of their lives such as autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness, and positive emotions.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #95
Study title:   Interactions Of Top-Down And Bottom-Up Mechanisms In Human Visual Cortex
Interesting finding:  Clutter affects the visual cortex which causes the other regions of the brain to struggle in focusing and processing information.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #96
Study title:   Use Of Written Cognitive–Behavioural Therapy Self-Help Materials To Treat Depression
Interesting finding:  Self-help books are effective at helping us learn new life skills, like assertiveness, problem-solving and even tidiness.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #97
Study title:   The Power Of Positive Thinking: Pathological Worry Is Reduced By Thought Replacement In Generalized...
Interesting finding:  Positive self-talk and visualization results in experiencing significantly fewer intrusive negative thoughts.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #98
Study title:   Lying Less Linked To Better Health, New Research Finds
Interesting finding:  An experiment studied the difference between participants instructed to tell the truth and others with no such instruction. Those who avoided lies found that their mental health, physical health and relationships were significantly improved.
Published by:   APA
► Study #99
Study title:   Soothing Oneself And Resisting Self-Attacks: The Treatment Of Two Intrapersonal Deficits In Depressi...
Interesting finding:  Practicing self-soothing self-talk reduces shame and skin complaints in people suffering from acne.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #100
Study title:   Looking Back At Facebook Content And The Positive Impact Upon Wellbeing: Exploring Reminiscing As A...
Interesting finding:  Look back on photos or other media that remind you of good times is an effective way to self-soothe.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #101
Study title:   Power Posing: Brief Nonverbal Displays Affect Neuroendocrine Levels And Risk Tolerance
Interesting finding:  The act of power posing – adopting open, expansive poses that signal power – for only 1 minute decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases feelings of power and tolerance for risk.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #102
Study title:   An Examination Of Patience And Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Increased patience can alleviate depression.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #103
Study title:   Assertiveness And Self-Esteem In Indian Adolescents
Interesting finding:  A 2017 study found a significant positive correlation between assertive behavior and self-esteem in adolescents.
Published by:   Galore International Journal of Health Sciences and Research
► Study #104
Study title:   Resilience In Cancer Patients
Interesting finding:  Resilience can lead to favorable psychological and treatment-related outcomes in cancer patients.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #105
Study title:   Relation Of Resilience Whit Sport Achievement And Mental Health In A Sample Of Athletes
Interesting finding:  A 2010 study conducted on a sample of athletes showed that resilience was positively associated with sport achievement and psychological well-being.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #106
Study title:   Resilience: Enhancing Well-Being Through The Positive Cognitive Triad
Interesting finding:  People with higher levels of resilience report significantly higher levels of life satisfaction and lower levels of depression.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #107
Study title:   Of Sad Men And Dark Comedies: Mood And Gender Effects On Entertainment Media Preferences
Interesting finding:  A 2010 study found that people tend to consume media that matches their mood.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #108
Study title:   Elderly Viewers' Responses To Televised Portrayals Of Old Age: Empathy And Mood Management Versus So...
Interesting finding:  Lonely people receive a mood boost from watching lonely characters on TV because this allows them to engage in self-enhancing downward social comparisons.
Published by:   APA
► Study #109
Study title:   The Acute Effects Of Humor And Exercise On Mood And Anxiety
Interesting finding:  Watching a good comedy can have an even greater mood-lifting and anxiety-lowering effect than exercise.
Published by:   NRPA
► Study #110
Study title:   Viewing Violent News On Social Media Can Cause Trauma
Interesting finding:  Simply following the news on social media can trigger secondary traumatic stress in anyone.
Published by:   Science Daily
► Study #111
Study title:   How Do Thoughts And Emotions Affect Health?
Interesting finding:  People who were asked to ruminate on the good things that happened to them were healthier and happier, would sleep better, and even engage in exercise more.
Published by:   University of Minnesota
► Study #112
Study title:   Insight, Rumination, And Self-Reflection As Predictors Of Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Self-reflection is a significant predictor of personal growth, which is a dimension of psychological well-being.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #113
Study title:   Independent Self-Construal, Self-Reflection, And Self-Rumination: A Path Model For Predicting Happin...
Interesting finding:  Meaningful self-reflection can boost happiness levels.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #114
Study title:   A Meta-Analysis Of The Facial Feedback Literature: Effects Of Facial Feedback On Emotional Experienc...
Interesting finding:  Our facial expressions can have a small impact on our feelings and mental state, but the effect isn’t big enough to facilitate a meaningful and lasting change in our happiness levels.
Published by:   APA
► Study #115
Study title:   Creativity And Happiness
Interesting finding:  Being creative can increase your happiness on a day-to-day basis, and in the long term.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #116
Study title:   Health Benefits Of Volunteering In The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
Interesting finding:  People who volunteer consistently report to be healthier both physically and mentally than those who do not.
Published by:   University of Rochester
► Study #117
Study title:   Happiness And Self-Esteem: Can One Exist Without The Other?
Interesting finding:  Optimism is strongly related to both self-esteem and happiness.
Published by:   APA
► Study #118
Study title:   Student Perceptions Of Responsibility For Their Own Learning And For Supporting Peers’ Learning In A...
Interesting finding:  Developing personal responsibility positively contributes to one’s well-being, self-esteem, and psychological health by empowering individuals to take ownership over behaviors and actions.
Published by:   Education Sciences
► Study #119
Study title:   Locus Of Control
Interesting finding:  Individuals with a greater internal locus of control have higher self-confidence and are more resistant to stress.
Published by:   Psychology Today
► Study #120
Study title:   Making Up People—The Effect Of Identity On Performance In A Modernizing Society
Interesting finding:  How positively you identify yourself, especially relative to others, significantly impacts your performance.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #121
Study title:   Finding Silver Linings: A Preliminary Examination Of Benefit Finding In Youth With Chronic Pain
Interesting finding:  Adolescents with chronic pain report better mental health, less pain, and a higher quality of life after intentionally looking on the bright side.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #122
Study title:   Application Of Paralysis Analysis Syndrome In Customer Decision Making
Interesting finding:  The more you think about something, the less satisfied you are with your choice in the end.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #123
Study title:   On bad decisions and deciding badly: When intention–behavior inconsistency is regrettable
Interesting finding:  Research has found that when you make a bad decision it is a sign you are not acting consistently with your definition of good behavior.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #124
Study title:   Reading skill and structural brain development
Interesting finding:  Not only is reading a way to relax the central nervous system, but it strengthens our brain.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #125
Study title:   Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind
Interesting finding:  if you choose to read literary fiction, your personal involvement with the characters promotes a more empathetic leaning.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #126
Study title:   Stress Management Strategies For Students: The Immediate Effects Of Yoga, Humor, And Reading On Stre...
Interesting finding:  Reading a book helps lower blood pressure and reduce stress.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #127
Study title:   Health Benefits of Walking in Nature: A Randomized Controlled Study Under Conditions of Real-Life St...
Interesting finding:  Getting out in nature not only improves your mood, but it also has restorative effects.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #128
Study title:   Strengthening personal growth: The effects of a strengths intervention on personal growth initiative
Interesting finding:  Individuals who participate in interventions emphasizing personal growth experience increased levels of confidence.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #129
Study title:   Effects of a personal growth group on positive and negative self-references.
Interesting finding:  Individuals who participate in personal growth groups are more likely to speak positively about themselves.
Published by:   APA
► Study #130
Study title:   Awe and humility
Interesting finding:  Experiencing awe and feeling physically smaller than an entity before us keeps us humble. It allows us to see our strengths and weaknesses in a more balanced, accurate way.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #131
Study title:   An Upward Spiral Between Gratitude and Humility
Interesting finding:  Gratitude and humility are mutually reinforcing, meaning gratitude fuels humility (and vice versa).
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #132
Study title:   The slow decay and quick revival of self-deception
Interesting finding:  Self-deception diminishes over time, but only when self-deceivers are repeatedly confronted with evidence of the true situation.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #133
Study title:   The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset and Intrinsic Motivation
Interesting finding:  Our brains are plastic and can be trained to lean more towards a growth mindset than a fixed mindset.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #134
Study title:   The Benefits of Being Yourself: An Examination of Authenticity, Uniqueness, and Well-Being
Interesting finding:  When we are more authentic our motivation for personal growth is greater.
Published by:   University of Pennsylvania
► Study #135
Study title:   Smiling sincerely or grimacing can significantly reduce the pain of needle injection
Interesting finding:  Scientists found that smiling is an effective pain reduction strategy.
Published by:   University of California, Irvine
► Study #136
Study title:   Development of emotional stability scale
Interesting finding:  Emotionally stable people tend to have a balanced way of perceiving life’s problems, equipping them with the perspective they need to endure all sorts of hardship.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #137
Study title:   How Breath-Control Can Change Your Life: A Systematic Review on Psycho-Physiological Correlates of S...
Interesting finding:  Deep breathing exercises are linked to emotional control and physical well-being.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #138
Study title:   Self-expansion motivation improves cross-group interactions and enhances self-growth
Interesting finding:  When you seek self-expansion you will experience more quality interactions and develop more meaningful interpersonal relationships.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #139
Study title:   Effects of Diversity Experiences on Critical Thinking Skills: Who Benefits?
Interesting finding:  If you want to improve your critical thinking skills you need to be exposed to diverse experiences in your life.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #140
Study title:   Life satisfaction linked to the diversity of nature experiences and nature views from the window
Interesting finding:  Exposing yourself to new environments significantly enhanced life satisfaction relative to those who never changed their surroundings.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #141
Study title:   Procrastination, Distress and Life Satisfaction across the Age Range – A German Representative Commu...
Interesting finding:  If you procrastinate getting your life organized, you will experience higher levels of anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #142
Study title:   Prefrontal Executive Control Rescues Risk for Anxiety Associated with High Threat and Low Reward Bra...
Interesting finding:  When you challenge yourself, you activate portions of your brain that will help prevent anxiety and depression.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #143
Study title:   Enhancing Undergraduate Student Success in STEM Fields through Growth-Mindset and Grit
Interesting finding:  Students are more likely to succeed in their studies if they cultivated a growth mindset and became comfortable with the idea of being challenged.
Published by:   MDPI
► Study #144
Study title:   The role of Hope in subsequent health and well-being for older adults: An outcome-wide longitudinal...
Interesting finding:  Hope is associated with better physical and psychological wellbeing, and better social wellbeing and less psychological stress.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #145
Study title:   In defence of thought stopping
Interesting finding:  Thought-stopping has been proven to be a good coping mechanism tool.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #146
Study title:   Attributions and affirmations for overcoming anxiety and depression
Interesting finding:  Individuals who utilize self-affirmations experience reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #147
Study title:   Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is r...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who use self-affirmations have more activation in areas of the brain involved in processing our sense of self and our orientation towards our future.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #148
Study title:   Consequences of Repression of Emotion: Physical Health, Mental Health and General Well Being
Interesting finding:  Individuals who repress their emotions are more likely to experience negative physical, mental health, and general well-being issues.
Published by:   Open Access Pub
► Study #149
Study title:   Psychologists find the meaning of aggression: 'Monty Python' scene helps research
Interesting finding:  Not acknowledging difficult emotions actually makes those emotions stronger.
Published by:   Science Daily
► Study #150
Study title:   The Happiness-To-Consumption Ratio: An Alternative Approach In The Quest For Happiness
Interesting finding:  We gain happiness from consumption up to a certain point. Thereafter, our happiness starts to fall.
Published by:   SCIELO
► Study #151
Study title:   Examining Hope as a Transdiagnostic Mechanism of Change across Anxiety Disorders and CBT Treatment P...
Interesting finding:  There's a strong link between hope and lower levels of anxiety and stress.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #152
Study title:   Impact of emotional approach coping and hope on PTSD and depression symptoms in a trauma exposed sam...
Interesting finding:  Adaptive coping strategies, such as problem-solving and proactive coping, are linked to higher levels of hope.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #153
Study title:   Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women
Interesting finding:  Being hopeful is linked with an 11 to 15 percent longer life span, with hopeful people being more likely to live to the age of 85 and beyond!
Published by:   National Academy of Sciences
► Study #154
Study title:   Behavioral and neural correlates of delay of gratification 40 years later
Interesting finding:  Children who exhibit better self-discipline are more likely to be successful as adults regardless of their IQ score or socioeconomic background.
Published by:   National Academy of Sciences
► Study #155
Study title:   Self-affirmation activates brain systems associated with self-related processing and reward and is r...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who use self-affirmations had more activation in areas of the brain involved in processing our sense of self and our orientation towards our future.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #156
Study title:   Lifestyle and Life Satisfaction: The Role of Delayed Gratification
Interesting finding:  A healthy lifestyle causes life satisfaction and happiness, not the other way around.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #157
Study title:   How Decisiveness, Self-Efficacy, Curiosity and Independent and Interdependent Self-Construals Are Re...
Interesting finding:  Effective decision-making is correlated with high levels of hope for the future.
Published by:   MDPI
► Study #158
Study title:   Optimism
Interesting finding:  Optimistic people are more proactive and experience lower levels of avoidance, or disengagement styles of coping.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #159
Study title:   Relation between cognitive and behavioral strategies and future change in common mental health probl...
Interesting finding:  People who are more perseverant are much less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.
Published by:   APA
► Study #160
Study title:   Classrooms: Goals, structures, and student motivation.
Interesting finding:  Students are much more likely to persevere when they are focused on personal growth rather than trying to do better than others.
Published by:   APA
► Study #161
Study title:   Wandering mind not a happy mind
Interesting finding:  47% of our time is spent thinking about what isn’t going on at the present moment.
Published by:   Harvard Health Publishing
► Study #162
Study title:   Gratitude across the life span: Age differences and links to subjective well-being
Interesting finding:  Levels of gratitude change across a life span, with older adults being found to have the greatest gratitude compared with younger people and middle-aged adults.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #163
Study title:   Feeling young at heart may help you live longer
Interesting finding:  There is a relationship between self-perceived age and cardiovascular death rates. Researchers hypothesize that feeling more youthful leads to better health habits, such as exercising and eating healthy.
Published by:   Harvard Health Publishing
► Study #164
Study title:   Perfectionism Is Increasing Over Time: A Meta-Analysis of Birth Cohort Differences From 1989 to 2016
Interesting finding:  Perfectionists are more likely to have high blood pressure, which may lead to cardiovascular complications.
Published by:   APA
► Study #165
Study title:   Optimism is associated with exceptional longevity in 2 epidemiologic cohorts of men and women
Interesting finding:  People who have higher levels of optimism have a longer life span, and a greater chance of living past 85 years old.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #166
Study title:   The Wick in the Candle of Learning: Epistemic Curiosity Activates Reward Circuitry and Enhances Memo...
Interesting finding:  As we increase our knowledge base, our curiosity seems to dissipate. Adults tend to feel that they “know most things” and lose that keen interest as their understanding broadens.
Published by:   SSRN
► Study #167
Study title:   Curiosity and Exploration: Facilitating Positive Subjective Experiences and Personal Growth Opportun...
Interesting finding:  People who take the time to be curious report greater levels of happiness.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #168
Study title:   Cognitive biases predict symptoms of depression, anxiety and wellbeing above and beyond neuroticism...
Interesting finding:  A susceptibility to cognitive biases positively correlates with depression and anxiety.
Published by:   NCBI

24 studies about mental traits and happiness


► Study #169
Study title:   The Physiology Of (Dis)Honesty: Does It Impact Health?
Interesting finding:  Dishonesty results in increased cortisol reactivity. And consequently, your blood pressure and heart rate will increase.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #170
Study title:   The Shame Of Failure: Examining The Link Between Fear Of Failure And Shame
Interesting finding:  People who experience higher fear of failure also report greater shame upon a perceived failure experience.
Published by:   University of Rochester
► Study #171
Study title:   Perfectionism, Fear Of Failure, And Affective Responses To Success And Failure: The Central Role Of...
Interesting finding:  The fear of experiencing shame and embarrassment plays a central role in the relationship between perfectionism and fear of failure.
Published by:   University of Kent
► Study #172
Study title:   Sociotropic Personality Traits Positively Correlate With The Severity Of Social Anxiety
Interesting finding:  Research on sociotropy has shown that sociotropic people have a higher risk of depression and social anxiety disorder.
Published by:   South African Journal of Psychiatry
► Study #173
Study title:   On The Experience Of Awaiting Uncertain News
Interesting finding:  Worrying is associated with several mental health disorders and is detrimental to your physical health.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #174
Study title:   Students Under Lockdown: Comparisons Of Students’ Social Networks And Mental Health Before And Durin...
Interesting finding:  Those who worry more about the health of their family and friends are more likely to experience depression and higher stress levels.
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #175
Study title:   Haunts Or Helps From The Past: Understanding The Effect Of Recall On Current Self-Control.
Interesting finding:  Dwelling on our past mistakes can negatively affect our present behavior.
Published by:   APA
► Study #176
Study title:   Rumination As A Vulnerability Factor To Depression In Adolescents In Mainland China: Lifetime Histor...
Interesting finding:  Higher levels of rumination are associated with a greater likelihood of experiencing both a current depressive episode and a past history of depressive episodes.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #177
Study title:   Rumination - Relationships With Physical Health
Interesting finding:  A 2012 review found that there is a relationship between ruminative thinking and impaired physical health.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #178
Study title:   Exploring The Impact Of Negative And Positive Self-Talk In Relation To Lineliness And Self-Esteem In...
Interesting finding:  Negative self-talk predicted loneliness, especially if it involves a socially threatening mentality.
Published by:   University of Boston
► Study #179
Study title:   Repetitive Regret, Depression, And Anxiety: Findings From A Nationally Representative Survey
Interesting finding:  Repetitive feelings of regret are linked to anxiety and depression disorders.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #180
Study title:   Why Ruminators Won'T Stop: The Structural And Resting State Correlates Of Rumination And Its Relatio...
Interesting finding:  Ruminating over negative thoughts is associated with volume reductions in brain areas that are related to cognitive control processes.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #181
Study title:   Is Envy Harmful To A Society’S Psychological Health And Wellbeing? A Longitudinal Study Of 18,000 Ad...
Interesting finding:  Envious feelings are a strong predictor of worse mental health in the future.
Published by:   Institute of Labor Economics
► Study #182
Study title:   To Help Or To Harm? Assessing The Impact Of Envy On Prosocial And Antisocial Behaviors
Interesting finding:  We’re less likely to help others when we’re feeling envious.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #183
Study title:   The Effects Of Active Worrying On Working Memory Capacity
Interesting finding:  Active worrying impairs working memory capacity.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #184
Study title:   Worrying And Rumination Are Both Associated With Reduced Cognitive Control
Interesting finding:  Both worrying and rumination are associated with reduced cognitive control, making it more difficult for high-worriers and high-ruminators to switch between internal representations in working memory.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #185
Study title:   The Neural Correlates Of Worry In Association With Individual Differences In Neuroticism
Interesting finding:  People who score higher on neuroticism worry more in daily life and generate more worry-related thoughts after being presented with a worry-inducing sentence.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #186
Study title:   Wellness Within Illness: Happiness In Schizophrenia
Interesting finding:  People with chronic disorders like schizophrenia are generally unhappier than healthy people.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #187
Study title:   Social Anxiety In Young People: A Prevalence Study In Seven Countries
Interesting finding:  36% of young individuals around the world meet the criteria for Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD.)
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #188
Study title:   Understanding Anxiety & Depression
Interesting finding:  Excessive worrying is a symptom of anxiety disorder, which affects nearly 20% of the US population every year.
Published by:   ADAA
► Study #189
Study title:   Increased Mortality Among People With Anxiety Disorders: Total Population Study
Interesting finding:  Constant worry and anxiety can also shorten your lifespan, according to a 2018 study.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #190
Study title:   To Love a Highly Sensitive Person: a Theoretical Study on Romantic Relationships and Sensitivity
Interesting finding:  People who are highly sensitive tend to have greater emotional awareness and empathy in their romantic relationships.
Published by:   PDXScholar
► Study #191
Study title:   The highly sensitive brain: an fMRI study of sensory processing sensitivity and response to others'...
Interesting finding:  Being sensitive is linked to higher awareness and responsiveness.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #192
Study title:   Rejection sensitivity as a vulnerability marker for depressive symptom deterioration in men
Interesting finding:  Men who are more sensitive to rejection are more likely to develop depression.
Published by:   PLOS ONE

56 studies about social happiness


► Study #193
Study title:   The Special Role Of Friends And Neighbors
Interesting finding:  Having a well-developed social circle is a predictor of your well-being.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #194
Study title:   The Effect Of Loneliness On Distinct Health Outcomes: A Comprehensive Review And Meta-Analysis
Interesting finding:  Loneliness has been found to negatively affect the quality of your sleep
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #195
Study title:   Apa Survey Finds Feeling Valued At Work Linked To Well-Being And Performance
Interesting finding:  Employees who feel valued in the workplace report higher levels of engagement, satisfaction, and motivation than those who feel underappreciated by their employers.
Published by:   APA
► Study #196
Study title:   Benefits Of Expressing Gratitude: Expressing Gratitude To A Partner Changes One'S View Of The Relati...
Interesting finding:  Expressing gratitude toward an acquaintance makes them more likely to pursue a long-term relationship with you.
Published by:   JSTOR
► Study #197
Study title:   Social Laughter Triggers Endogenous Opioid Release In Humans
Interesting finding:  Laughing with others strengthens social bonds, bringing you and your friends closer.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #198
Study title:   Cynicism And Disrespect: A Vicious Cycle
Interesting finding:  If we perceive our treatment from someone as disrespectful, it can lead us to cast a generalized and negative view out into the world.
Published by:   Science Daily
► Study #199
Study title:   Social Relations And Life Satisfaction: The Role Of Friends
Interesting finding:  Maintaining an active friend network can contribute to your overall happiness and strengthen your ability to manage stress.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #200
Study title:   What Is A Good Friend: A Qualitative Analysis Of Desired Friendship Qualities
Interesting finding:  People look for trustworthiness, honesty, communication and similarity in a friend, while attractiveness and physical proximity (for example, living next door) are less important.
Published by:   University of Pennsylvania
► Study #201
Study title:   Sex Differences In Friendship Expectations: A Meta-Analysis
Interesting finding:  Both women and men expect trust, commitment, loyalty, and genuineness from their friends.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #202
Study title:   Do Romantic Relationships Promote Happiness? Relationships’ Characteristics As Predictors Of Subject...
Interesting finding:  Romantic relationship variables, like relationship length and cohabitation, explained 21% of the variance in life satisfaction, with relationship satisfaction being a significant predictor.
Published by:   Interpersona
► Study #203
Study title:   Being In A Romantic Relationship Is Associated With Reduced Gray Matter Density In Striatum And Incr...
Interesting finding:  Being in a romantic relationship is associated with increased subjective happiness and reduced gray matter density within the right dorsal striatum.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #204
Study title:   Stereotypes Of Singles: Are Singles What We Think?
Interesting finding:  While people in a relationship are more satisfied with their relationship status, there’s no significant difference in the overall life satisfaction between single people and people in a relationship.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #205
Study title:   Looking To Happy Tomorrows With Friends: Best And Close Friendships As They Predict Happiness
Interesting finding:  Not all friendships are created equal when it comes to happiness: quality trumps quantity, meaning that it’s better to have a few close relationships than many less close ones.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #206
Study title:   Loved And Lost Or Never Loved At All? Lifelong Marital Histories And Their Links With Subjective Wel...
Interesting finding:  Elders who have been married to the same person for most of their lives are only slightly happier than those who have been single or in various relationships.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #207
Study title:   Sweetheart, You Really Make Me Happy: Romantic Relationship Quality And Personality As Predictors Of...
Interesting finding:  Romantic relationship quality accounts for only 3% of the variance in happiness.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #208
Study title:   The Personal And Interpersonal Rewards Of Communal Orientation
Interesting finding:  People who are community-oriented experience more positive emotions.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #209
Study title:   Feeling Stuck: Exploring The Development Of Felt Constraint In Romantic Relationships
Interesting finding:  People often get stuck in unsatisfying relationships for reasons like cohabitation, marriage, children and family entanglement.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #210
Study title:   The Neural Bases Of Social Pain: Evidence For Shared Representations With Physical Pain
Interesting finding:  Experiencing social pain activates neural regions that are also involved in physical pain processing.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #211
Study title:   Social Rejection Shares Somatosensory Representations With Physical Pain
Interesting finding:  When people look at a picture of their ex-partner after a recent break-up, brain areas that support the sensory components of physical pain become active.
Published by:   National Academy of Sciences
► Study #212
Study title:   How Lonely Are Europeans?
Interesting finding:  In some parts of Europe, up to 40% of people have only one meaningful interaction with friends or family per month.
Published by:   EU Science Hub
► Study #213
Study title:   Mood, Self-Awareness, And Willingness To Help.
Interesting finding:  Happier people are more helpful and willing to put in the work necessary to bring someone else's mood back up.
Published by:   APA
► Study #214
Study title:   Consequences Of Relationship Status And Quality For Subjective Well-Being.
Interesting finding:  People in committed relationships have higher subjective well-being levels.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #215
Study title:   Close Adult Friendships, Gender, And The Life Cycle
Interesting finding:  The number of friends decreases with age, satisfaction with friends was a significant predictor of overall life satisfaction.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #216
Study title:   The Relative Effectiveness Of Active Listening In Initial Interactions
Interesting finding:  Those who converse with others with active listening skills feel more understood and satisfied with their conversations.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #217
Study title:   It Doesn’T Hurt To Ask: Question-Asking Increases Liking
Interesting finding:  People who ask questions, particularly follow-up questions, are liked better by their conversation partners.
Published by:   Harvard Business School
► Study #218
Study title:   The Roles Of Identity Development And Psychosocial Intimacy In Marital Success
Interesting finding:  Couples who were married and didn’t have a sense of individual identity were more likely to experience decreased stability and decreased satisfaction in their marriage.
Published by:   Guilford Press Periodicals
► Study #219
Study title:   Willingness to Express one's Opinion in a Realistic Situation as a Function of Perceived Support for...
Interesting finding:  We are more likely to share our opinion and thoughts if we feel supported by our group.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #220
Study title:   Regional Brain Activity in Women Grieving a Romantic Relationship Breakup
Interesting finding:  After letting someone go, the areas of your brain associated with sadness have increased activity.
Published by:   American Journal of Psychiatry
► Study #221
Study title:   Interpersonal Relationships and Immune Function
Interesting finding:  Unhealthy relationships have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of your immune system.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #222
Study title:   Sense of Humor in Romantic Relationships and Friendships
Interesting finding:  A good sense of humor is one of the deciding factors when it comes to relationships.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #223
Study title:   The Laughter Prescription
Interesting finding:  Laughing reduces stress and increases our tolerance to pain by up to 10%.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #224
Study title:   Helping Others Regulate Emotion Predicts Increased Regulation of One’s Own Emotions and Decreased Sy...
Interesting finding:  Helping others helps you to regulate your own emotions.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #225
Study title:   On Feeling Understood and Feeling Well: The Role of Interdependence
Interesting finding:  People who rated highly in feeling understood during their daily experiences are shown to feel happier.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #226
Study title:   The relationship of dispositional compassion with well-being: a study with a 15-year prospective fol...
Interesting finding:  People who have a compassionate disposition (meaning the ability to show concern and sympathy for others’ misfortunes) display both better mental and physical health over a lifespan.
Published by:   University of Helsinki
► Study #227
Study title:   Loneliness Matters: A Theoretical and Empirical Review of Consequences and Mechanisms
Interesting finding:  Our own perceived loneliness can leave us feeling vulnerable. It can have a detrimental impact on our well-being.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #228
Study title:   Couple functioning in depression: The roles of sociotropy and autonomy
Interesting finding:  Focusing on pleasing others leads to depression and less satisfaction with your interpersonal relationships.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #229
Study title:   Love relationships: Attachment style and the investment model.
Interesting finding:  If you are anxiously attached to each other, then both individuals in the relationship are less likely to experience satisfaction and a greater sense of commitment.
Published by:   APA
► Study #230
Study title:   Loving Freedom: Concerns With Promotion or Prevention and the Role of Autonomy in Relationship Well-...
Interesting finding:  If each individual in a relationship embraces autonomy and self-direction, then both parties are more likely to experience satisfaction in the relationship.
Published by:   Northwestern University
► Study #231
Study title:   Benefits of Expressing Gratitude: Expressing Gratitude to a Partner Changes One’s View of the Relati...
Interesting finding:  When others express gratitude towards you, you feel a stronger sense of community and appreciation for that person.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #232
Study title:   Reciprocity of Liking
Interesting finding:  If you show someone you like them, they will naturally like you more too.
Published by:   Northwestern University
► Study #233
Study title:   Experiential Gifts Foster Stronger Social Relationships than Material Gifts
Interesting finding:  Experiential gifts strengthen the relationship between gift giver and receiver much more than material gifts.
Published by:   University of California, Los Angeles
► Study #234
Study title:   How Friendship Network Characteristics Influence Subjective Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Maintaining strong friendships can lead to less stress and quicker recovery from illness.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #235
Study title:   Social and emotional support and its implication for health
Interesting finding:  People who have a strong network of friends are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and successfully quitting smoking.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #236
Study title:   From stress to inflammation and major depressive disorder: a social signal transduction theory of de...
Interesting finding:  Dealing with a toxic friend can negatively impact one’s health by increasing stress and inflammation within the body.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #237
Study title:   Empathy and attitudes: Can feeling for a member of a stigmatized group improve feelings toward the g...
Interesting finding:  Practising empathy can support people in adopting more positive attitudes towards stigmatized groups i.e. homeless people.
Published by:   APA
► Study #238
Study title:   Relationship sabotage: an attachment and goal-orientation perspective on seeking love yet failing to...
Interesting finding:  Consistently engaging in self-sabotaging behaviors may make it difficult to maintain healthy and committed romantic relationships.
Published by:   James Cook University
► Study #239
Study title:   Share your goals – but be careful whom you tell
Interesting finding:  When we share our goals with people we view as more successful than ourselves, we are more likely to achieve our goals.
Published by:   Ohio State University
► Study #240
Study title:   Self-disclosure and liking: A meta-analytic review
Interesting finding:  There is a clear relationship between self-disclosure and likability. When you share more about yourself with others, they tend to like you more.
Published by:   Research Gate

19 studies about confidence and happiness


► Study #241
Study title:   Chronic Second-Guessing Jeopardizes Mental Health
Interesting finding:  Chronically second-guessing yourself may lead you into an emotional trap where you feel anxious and procrastinate.
Published by:   APA
► Study #242
Study title:   Chronic Second-Guessing Jeopardizes Mental Health
Interesting finding:  Constantly second-guessing yourself can lead to depression and lower your self-esteem.
Published by:   APA
► Study #243
Study title:   Going With Your Gut: The (In)Accuracy Of Forecast Revisions In A Football Score Prediction Game
Interesting finding:  Revising your initial decision makes it less likely for you to have made the accurate choice.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #244
Study title:   Does High Self-Esteem Cause Better Performance, Interpersonal Success, Happiness, Or Healthier Lifes...
Interesting finding:  Building self-esteem results in greater satisfaction, happiness, and fewer negative moods.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #245
Study title:   High Self-Esteem Buffers Negative Feedback: Once More With Feeling
Interesting finding:  Those with high self-esteem suffer less emotional distress when encountering negative feedback from others.
Published by:   University of Washington
► Study #246
Study title:   Effects Of Self-Talk Training On Competitive Anxiety, Self-Efficacy, Volitional Skills, And Performa...
Interesting finding:  The intervention of negative self-talk leads to less anxiety and higher self-confidence, self-optimization, self-efficacy, and performance.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #247
Study title:   Perception Is Reality: Your Strengths Matter
Interesting finding:  Leaders who perceive themselves to be effective leaders are more likely to demonstrate good leadership.
Published by:   Journal of Leadership Education
► Study #248
Study title:   Strengths-Based Development In Practice.
Interesting finding:  Harnessing your strengths improves confidence and sense of direction in life.
Published by:   APA
► Study #249
Study title:   Voice As A Mediator Of Mothers’ And Daughters’ Feminist Attitudes And Psychological Outcomes: An App...
Interesting finding:  Research shows that self-assured daughters of feminist women are more likely to voice their opinions and stand up for themselves in their relationships.
Published by:   DOI
► Study #250
Study title:   Smart Girls, Hard-Working Girls But Not Yet Self-Assured Girls: The Limits Of Gender Equity Politics
Interesting finding:  Those who are not self-assured frequently doubt their own abilities and worry about their image despite being top achievers.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #251
Study title:   Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, Anxiety And Claimed Self-Handicapping: A Mediational Analysis
Interesting finding:  Self-esteem and confidence usually go hand in hand: research on athletes has shown that people with lower self-esteem have lower self-confidence.
Published by:   HAL Open Science
► Study #252
Study title:   Development Of Self-Esteem From Age 4 To 94 Years: A Meta-Analysis Of Longitudinal Studies
Interesting finding:  Research has shown that self-confidence and self-esteem rise with age.
Published by:   APA
► Study #253
Study title:   Self-Esteem And Self-Acceptance: An Examination Into Their Relationship And Their Effect On Psycholo...
Interesting finding:  Self-acceptance leads to higher self-esteem and general psychological well-being.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #254
Study title:   Self-Esteem In Early Adolescence As Predictor Of Depressive Symptoms In Late Adolescence And Early A...
Interesting finding:  Higher self-confidence predicts happiness, while lower self-confidence predicts higher levels of loneliness.
Published by:   University of Groningen
► Study #255
Study title:   Happiness Versus Sadness As A Determinant Of Thought Confidence In Persuasion: A Self-Validation Ana...
Interesting finding:  A 2007 study found that happier people are more confident in their thoughts.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #256
Study title:   Gene Linked To Optimism And Self-Esteem
Interesting finding:  Although there is some evidence that self-esteem is partly regulated by a certain gene, it is mostly affected by environmental factors.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #257
Study title:   Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Low Self-Esteem: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial In A Prima...
Interesting finding:  Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been found to be successful in raising self-esteem in different age groups.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #258
Study title:   Self-Esteem Maintenance Processes: Why Low Self-Esteem May Be Resistant To Change
Interesting finding:  People with low self-esteem have a harder time accepting any positive feedback.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #259
Study title:   When It Comes To Driving, Most People Think Their Skills are Above Average
Interesting finding:  When it comes to driving ability, most people consider themselves above average. This is the Dunning-Kruger effect at play.
Published by:   Psychological Science

21 studies about negativity and happiness


► Study #260
Study title:   Cynicism Starts Early In Children
Interesting finding:  Cynicism has been found in young children. Even young children believe others can act in their own self-interest.
Published by:   WebMD
► Study #261
Study title:   Optimism, Cynical Hostility, And Incident Coronary Heart Disease And Mortality In The Women’S Health...
Interesting finding:  Women who score higher on cynicism are at greater risk of coronary heart disease and have a higher mortality rate.
Published by:   AHA journals
► Study #262
Study title:   Cynical Beliefs About Human Nature And Income: Longitudinal And Cross-Cultural Analyses
Interesting finding:  Those scoring higher on a cynicism questionnaire earn an average of $300 a month less than those scoring lower on cynicism.
Published by:   APA
► Study #263
Study title:   What A Rude E-Mail! Examining The Differential Effects Of Incivility Versus Support On Mood, Energy,...
Interesting finding:  If you are rude, then those around you are more likely to be in a negative mood and have lower levels of energy.
Published by:   APA
► Study #264
Study title:   Rude Color Glasses: The Contaminating Effects Of Witnessed Morning Rudeness On Perceptions And Behav...
Interesting finding:  If people witness someone do something rude they are less likely to perform well on work-related tasks and they are more likely to avoid the rude person.
Published by:   APA
► Study #265
Study title:   Mindset, Grit, Optimism, Pessimism And Life Satisfaction In University Students With And Without Anx...
Interesting finding:  Those who tend to see the bad in any given situation are also more likely to have anxiety and depression.
Published by:   ProQuest
► Study #266
Study title:   Pessimism Is Associated With Greater All-Cause And Cardiovascular Mortality, But Optimism Is Not Pro...
Interesting finding:  Research indicates a positive association between pessimism and all-cause mortality.
Published by:   Nature
► Study #267
Study title:   The More You Judge The Worse You Feel. A Judgemental Attitude Towards One'S Inner Experience Predict...
Interesting finding:  Being judgmental doesn’t only cause us to make wrong assumptions or assessments; it can also negatively affect our mental wellbeing.
Published by:   APC
► Study #268
Study title:   When Words Hurt: Affective Word Use In Daily News Coverage Impacts Mental Health
Interesting finding:  A study from 2018 showed that more negative language in the media led to a significant increase in participants’ mental and physiological issues.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #269
Study title:   Negative Emotional Events That People Ruminate About Feel Closer In Time
Interesting finding:  Holding on to resentment makes you feel like whatever bad thing happened to you happened more recently.
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #270
Study title:   Depression And Learned Helplessness In Man.
Interesting finding:  If you allow a sense of learned helplessness to linger for too long you are likely to develop depression.
Published by:   APA
► Study #271
Study title:   Learned Helplessness: Relationships With Fear And Anxiety.
Interesting finding:  You are prone to experience greater levels of fear and anxiety if you allow learned helplessness to stick around.
Published by:   APA
► Study #272
Study title:   Individual differences in two emotion regulation processes: implications for affect, relationships,...
Interesting finding:  Suppressing emotions has a negative impact on overall well-being.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #273
Study title:   Dimensions of Negative Thinking and the Relations with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Childre...
Interesting finding:  Rumination and worry is correlated with anxiety and depression.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #274
Study title:   Fear of Success: The Construction and Validation of a Measuring Instrument
Interesting finding:  Individuals who score high on a scale measuring fear of success are far more likely to engage in self-sabotaging behaviors.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #275
Study title:   A critical review of the literature on academic self-handicapping: theory, manifestations, preventio...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who self-sabotage are less likely to succeed in academic environments, which can influence their overall career path and future life choices.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #276
Study title:   The Impact of Failures and Successes on Affect and Self-Esteem in Young and Older Adults
Interesting finding:  What we perceive as a personal failure can impact our feelings of self-worth, reduce our self-esteem and dampen our mood.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #277
Study title:   Chapter 18 - Effects of Stress on Learning and Memory
Interesting finding:  Living in a state of overwhelm can negatively influence your memory and learning performance.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #278
Study title:   Psychosocial factors and risk of hypertension: the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who are constantly living with a sense of urgency are at a higher risk for developing hypertension.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #279
Study title:   ‘Negativity bias’ in risk for depression and anxiety: Brain–body fear circuitry correlates, 5-HTT-LP...
Interesting finding:  Negativity bias causes an increased startle response and heart rate.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #280
Study title:   On the Nature of Reactance and its Role in Persuasive Health Communication
Interesting finding:  High levels of reactance correspond with increased anger and negative thoughts.
Published by:   TandFOnline

10 studies about kindness and happiness


► Study #281
Study title:   The Psychology Of Nice People
Interesting finding:  People who are kinder have longer-lasting personal relationships and experience greater levels of happiness and success.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #282
Study title:   Are We Nice(R) To Nice(R) People?—An Experimental Analysis
Interesting finding:  People are more likely to be nice to people who are nice to them.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #283
Study title:   Physical Attractiveness And The “Nice Guy Paradox”: Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?
Interesting finding:  Your “niceness” is the most important factor when it comes to establishing a serious and committed relationship.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   Making A Decision To Forgive
Interesting finding:  The decision to forgive someone is correlated with greater forgiveness and happiness down the road.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   The Effects Of Forgiveness Therapy On Depression, Anxiety, And Posttraumatic Stress For Women After...
Interesting finding:  Forgiveness decreases depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress in emotionally abused women.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   Neural Responses To Taxation And Voluntary Giving Reveal Motives For Charitable Donations
Interesting finding:  Making donations to charity activates the reward center of the brain. This suggests that it is inherently rewarding.
Published by:   Science.org
► Study #284
Study title:   Feeling Good About Giving: The Benefits (And Costs) Of Self-Interested Charitable Behavior
Interesting finding:  Happier people tend to give more. So by becoming happier, you are also becoming a more generous person who will continue to do more good.
Published by:   Harvard Business School
► Study #284
Study title:   Doing Good Is Good For You
Interesting finding:  93% of people who volunteered the previous year feel happier as a result.
Published by:   United Health Care
► Study #284
Study title:   Universals And Cultural Diversity In The Expression Of Gratitude
Interesting finding:  Only 15% of conversations include some form of the words “Thank you”.
Published by:   Royal Society Open Science
► Study #284
Study title:   Shopping For Clothes And Sensitivity To The Suffering Of Others: The Role Of Compassion And Values I...
Interesting finding:  Higher compassion is positively related to sustainable shopping behavior.
Published by:   Research Gate

26 studies about mindfulness and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   A Multi-Method Examination Of The Effects Of Mindfulness On Stress Attribution, Coping, And Emotiona...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who incorporate mindfulness in their lives are able to use healthier coping strategies when encountering stressors and experienced greater well-being.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Effects Of Mindfulness On Psychological Health: A Review Of Empirical Studies
Interesting finding:  Increased mindfulness results in fewer mental health issues and improved regulation of an individual’s behavior.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   A Randomised Controlled Trial Of The Effects Of Mindfulness Practice On Medical Student Stress Level...
Interesting finding:  Medical students who do not participate in mindful practices are more likely to experience higher levels of stress and anxiety.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   The Protective Effects Of Mindfulness Against Burnout Among Educators
Interesting finding:  Educators who practice mindfulness are far less likely to experience burnout compared to those who do not incorporate mindfulness practices.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   The Effect Of Mindfulness-Based Therapy On Anxiety And Depression: A Meta-Analytic Review
Interesting finding:  Mindfulness-based therapy is an effective intervention for treating anxiety and mood issues.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Mindfulness And Symptoms Of Depression And Anxiety In The General Population: The Mediating Roles Of...
Interesting finding:  Being present in the moment helps to reduce worrying, rumination, and mood issues.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Daily Stress And The Benefits Of Mindfulness: Examining The Daily And Longitudinal Relations Between...
Interesting finding:  Present-moment awareness is associated with enhanced responses to daily stress and stressful events in the future.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   The Benefits Of Meditation And Mindfulness Practices During Times Of Crisis Such As Covid-19
Interesting finding:  Meditation and mindfulness techniques can offer a helpful way to cope with change, uncertainty, and crisis.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #284
Study title:   Efficacy Of Rajayoga Meditation On Positive Thinking: An Index For Self-Satisfaction And Happiness I...
Interesting finding:  Studies have shown the positive effects of mediation, and how those who practice meditation have an improved outlook, and as a result greater self-satisfaction and happiness.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Treating Chronic Worry: Psychological And Physiological Effects Of A Training Programme Based On Min...
Interesting finding:  Mindfulness is effective in reducing chronic worry.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Forever Young(Er): Potential Age-Defying Effects Of Long-Term Meditation On Gray Matter Atrophy
Interesting finding:  Meditation reduces the level of grey matter atrophy in long term meditators.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #284
Study title:   A Breathing-Based Meditation Intervention For Patients With Major Depressive Disorder Following Inad...
Interesting finding:  Meditation has been found to be an effective treatment for sufferers of major depressive disorder (MDD) with an inadequate response to antidepressants.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Breathing-Based Meditation Decreases Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms In U.S. Military Veteran...
Interesting finding:  Implementing breathing-based meditation results in reduced symptoms of PTSD.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   A Qualitative Study Of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Depression
Interesting finding:  Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) improves mind frames and outlooks for a plethora of issues.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Mindfulness And Its Relationship To Emotional Regulation
Interesting finding:  Practicing mindfulness is related to greater emotion differentiation and fewer emotional difficulties in young adults.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Mindfulness And Emotion Regulation—An Fmri Study
Interesting finding:  A short mindfulness intervention can benefit emotion regulation on a neurobiological level – meaning that mindfulness can change how certain areas of the brain work.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #284
Study title:   Health Benefits Of Emptying The Mind
Interesting finding:  If you invest in developing the skill of thinking less you can reduce your stress and stave off anxiety and depression.
Published by:   Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
► Study #284
Study title:   Daily stress and the benefits of mindfulness: Examining the daily and longitudinal relations between...
Interesting finding:  If we can become more present and mindful of the present moment, we will be better able to cope with any stressors that do come our way and we will experience greater levels of positivity.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Being Present and Enjoying It: Dispositional Mindfulness and Savoring the Moment Are Distinct, Inter...
Interesting finding:  Being present in the moment is an evidence-based way to boost your psychological health.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   Why Being Mindful May Have More Benefits Than You Realize: Mindfulness Improves Both Explicit and Im...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who were more mindful and present were able to better regulate their mood than individuals who did not embrace mindfulness.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   The Effect of a Self-Reflection and Insight Program on the Nursing Competence of Nursing Students: A...
Interesting finding:  Self-reflection exercises improves your clinical competence and reduces stress levels.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Insight, Rumination, and Self-Reflection as Predictors of Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Self-reflection is linked to personal growth and higher life satisfaction.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #284
Study title:   Open hearts build lives: Positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build conseq...
Interesting finding:  A daily meditation practice increases our feelings of positivity, reduces our symptoms of illness, increases our connection with ourselves and others, and promotes our overall well-being.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   Scientific Analysis of Mantra-Based Meditation and its Beneficial Effects: An Overview
Interesting finding:  When we hum during our mantra or meditation practice, nitric oxide is released into the body, this helps muscle relaxation and blood flow.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Examining the effect of mindfulness on well-being: self-connection as a mediator
Interesting finding:  Individuals who develop a sense of self-connection experience greater well-being.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   The Self-Reflection and Insight Scale: A New MEasure of Private Self-Consciousness
Interesting finding:  Those who have a deeper personal insight also have stronger relationships.
Published by:   Ingenta

9 studies about journaling and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Online Positive Affect Journaling In The Improvement Of Mental Distress And Well-Being In General Me...
Interesting finding:  Through months of ‘positive affect journaling’, medical patients showed reduced anxiety and depressive symptoms, and increased resilience.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Stress And Anxiety Reduction Due To Writing Diaries, Journals, Email, And Weblogs
Interesting finding:  Journaling is the go-to writing medium when processing emotional hardships.
Published by:   Eastern Michigan University
► Study #284
Study title:   Emotional And Physical Health Benefits Of Expressive Writing
Interesting finding:  Expressive writing, especially for those who have undergone traumatic events, has both psychological and physical benefits.
Published by:   University of Cambridge
► Study #284
Study title:   Focused Expressive Writing As Self-Help For Stress And Trauma
Interesting finding:  Expressive writing and journaling results in improvements in health and well‐being.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   Writing About Distressing Events And Caregiver Well-Being: A Test Of A Web-Based Journaling Exercise...
Interesting finding:  Writing about a distressing event is associated with decreases in distress and perceived burden.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   An Everyday Activity As A Treatment For Depression: The Benefits Of Expressive Writing For People Di...
Interesting finding:  Expressive journaling for 20 minutes a day can lower your depression scores significantly.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Visual Journaling: An Intervention To Influence Stress, Anxiety And Affect Levels In Medical Student...
Interesting finding:  Visual journaling can help decrease stress, anxiety and negative affect levels in medical students.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   The Effects Of Bedtime Writing On Difficulty Falling Asleep: A Polysomnographic Study Comparing To-D...
Interesting finding:  Journaling before going to bed can reduce bedtime worrying and help you fall asleep faster.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Choking under pressure: the neuropsychological mechanisms of incentive-induced performance decrement...
Interesting finding:  When people write down their fears and worries about an upcoming high-pressure situation, it serves to boost their actual performance.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology

13 studies about passion and purpose and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Passion, Trait Self-Control, And Wellbeing: Comparing Two Mediation Models Predicting Wellbeing
Interesting finding:  Individuals who pursue their passion harmoniously and with more self-control experience an improvement in well-being.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Meaning And Purpose In Life And Well-Being: A Life-Span Perspective
Interesting finding:  Your sense of life purpose and the meaning you assign to your future may predict your psychological and physical well-being.
Published by:   Oxford University Press
► Study #284
Study title:   Purpose In Life As A Predictor Of Mortality Across Adulthood
Interesting finding:  Those who have found a sense of purpose in life have a reduced risk of mortality.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   Purpose In Life Predicts Better Emotional Recovery From Negative Stimuli
Interesting finding:  Finding purpose and direction in life has also been shown to be protective against negative life events.
Published by:   PLOS ONE
► Study #284
Study title:   Passion Does Make A Difference In People’S Lives: A Look At Well-Being In Passionate And Non-Passion...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who harmoniously engage in an activity that they’re passionate about experience greater levels of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness.
Published by:   University of Quebec
► Study #284
Study title:   Purpose In Life And Its Relationship To All-Cause Mortality And Cardiovascular Events: A Meta-Analys...
Interesting finding:  Having a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk of mortality.
Published by:   Ovid
► Study #284
Study title:   A Meaningful Life Is Worth Living: Meaning In Life As A Suicide Resiliency Factor
Interesting finding:  Having or looking for a meaning in life predicts lower levels of suicidal ideation and lower suicide risk.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Purpose In Life And Its Relationship To All-Cause Mortality And Cardiovascular Events: A Meta-Analys...
Interesting finding:  There's a lower risk of death for people with a high sense of purpose in life. Mortality is about one-fifth lower for people reporting a strong sense of purpose.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Self-Determination Theory: The Importance of Autonomy to Well-Being Across Cultures
Interesting finding:  Acting in alignment with your own values and forming your own way of thinking is what leads to well-being no matter what your cultural background may be.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   Purpose in life and reasons for living as mediators of the relationship between stress, coping, and...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who are intentional about their reasons for living and their purpose in life are less likely to be stressed, depressed, and suicidal.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #284
Study title:   Relationship of Having Hobbies and a Purpose in Life With Mortality, Activities of Daily Living, and...
Interesting finding:  Elderly individuals who are more purposeful in their day-to-day life have extended longevity relative to their peers.
Published by:   J-Stage
► Study #284
Study title:   Which Values Make You Happy? It Might Depend on Where You Live
Interesting finding:  When our values align with our country’s politics and social norms, we feel a greater sense of belonging and more profound happiness.
Published by:   Berkely University of California
► Study #284
Study title:   The relationship between value-based actions, psychological distress and well-being: A multilevel di...
Interesting finding:  Performing daily value-based actions reduce stress and increase wellbeing.
Published by:   Science Direct

7 studies about health and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Depression And Health-Related Quality Of Life
Interesting finding:  Depression decreases your overall quality of life similar to the effects of arthritis, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Published by:   Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
► Study #284
Study title:   The Importance Of Creating Habits And Routine
Interesting finding:  People in good health engage in more routine behaviors.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Exploring The Benefits Of Conscientiousness: An Investigation Of The Role Of Daily Stressors And Hea...
Interesting finding:  People who are more conscientious also make healthier choices.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   The Association Between Burnout And Physical Illness In The General Population—Results From The Finn...
Interesting finding:  Burnout not only causes depressive symptoms and depersonalization but physical issues too.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Extent And Health Consequences Of Chronic Sleep Loss And Sleep Disorders
Interesting finding:  Sleep deprivation is linked to many negative side-effects, amongst which depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Effect Of Sleep Deprivation On The Working Memory-Related N2-P3 Components Of The Event-Related Pote...
Interesting finding:  Sleep deprivation impairs the working memory of the human brain.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #284
Study title:   Association of Optimism With Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality
Interesting finding:  Practising optimism is linked to a 35% lower chance of heart disease, and a 14% lower chance of early death.
Published by:   JAMA Network

26 studies about work and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Beyond Technical Competence: Honesty And Integrity
Interesting finding:  Honesty with oneself is related to a greater sense of fulfillment in an individual’s career.
Published by:   Emerald Insight
► Study #284
Study title:   An Examination Of The Factors Affecting Employee Motivation In The Higher Education Sector
Interesting finding:  Employee empowerment is strongly linked to their motivation.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   Gartner Says Only 13% Of Employees Are Largely Satisfied With Their Work Experiences
Interesting finding:  Only 13% of workers from the United States find happiness in what they do for a living.
Published by:   Gartner
► Study #284
Study title:   Does Education Affect Happiness? Evidence For Spain
Interesting finding:  People with a higher education level have higher income levels and a higher probability of being employed, and thus, report higher levels of happiness.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   A Meta-Analytic Examination Of The Relationship Between Job Satisfaction And Subjective Well-Being
Interesting finding:  Job satisfaction is positively related to life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and the absence of negative affect.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   How Money Buys Happiness: Genetic And Environmental Processes Linking Finances And Life Satisfaction
Interesting finding:  While income and wealth do contribute towards life satisfaction, it’s not the size of income, but rather the perceived financial situation and control over life that seem to make us happier.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Money And Happiness: Rank Of Income, Not Income, Affects Life Satisfaction
Interesting finding:  The absolute income (the amount one earns) has no effect on a person's happiness, but the ranked position of one’s income does.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   Failing To Learn? The Effects Of Failure And Success On Organizational Learning In The Global Orbita...
Interesting finding:  Organizations learn more from their failures than their successes and that the magnitude of the failure is actually a good predictor of future success.
Published by:   Academy of Management
► Study #284
Study title:   Organizational Identity And Firm Performance: What Happens When Leaders Disagree About “Who We Are?”
Interesting finding:  When individuals can't understand their identity at work, the organization experiences reduced levels of cooperation and their performance suffers.
Published by:   Informs
► Study #284
Study title:   Recovery after work experiences, employee well-being and intent to quit
Interesting finding:  When you take the time to effectively recover after work, you are less likely to feel burnt out and more likely to experience job satisfaction.
Published by:   Emerald Insight
► Study #284
Study title:   Psychosomatic complaints and unwinding of sympathoadrenal activation after work
Interesting finding:  Research shows that if you cannot decrease your stress response after work, your health will suffer.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   Burnout prevention through personal growth.
Interesting finding:  Individuals who participate in self-growth measures are less likely to experience burnout at work.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   Humble Leadership and Employee Resilience: Exploring the Mediating Mechanism of Work-Related Promoti...
Interesting finding:  Employee resilience and motivation increases in response to humble leadership. It’s a simple way to encourage satisfaction and buy-in.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #284
Study title:   Your Co-Workers Might Be Killing You
Interesting finding:  Coworker relationships were far more linked to good health than a boss’ behavior and the work environment.
Published by:   Wall Street Journal
► Study #284
Study title:   Ways to Be Happy and Productive at Work
Interesting finding:  Happier workers help their colleagues 33% more compared to those who aren’t happy.
Published by:   Wall Street Journal
► Study #284
Study title:   Problematic Interpersonal Relationships at Work and Depression: A Swedish Prospective Cohort Study
Interesting finding:  Problematic interpersonal relationships in the work environment significantly increase the odds that a person develops depression.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work
Interesting finding:  Having a highly competent boss is easily the largest positive influence on a typical worker’s level of job satisfaction.
Published by:   Harvard Business Review
► Study #284
Study title:   Managing workplace incivility: The role of conflict management styles—antecedent or antidote?
Interesting finding:  The way people manage conflict tends to cause more tension than the conflict itself.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   The relationships of character strengths with coping, work-related stress, and job satisfaction
Interesting finding:  People that develop a strong character and coping mechanisms are less prone to high stress in the workplace and experience greater job satisfaction.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #284
Study title:   Love of Money and Unethical Behavior Intention: Does an Authentic Supervisor’s Personal Integrity an...
Interesting finding:  Leaders with high levels of personal integrity and a strong character inspire fewer unethical incidents in the workplace.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   Remote Work is Linked to Happiness: Study of 12,455 Respondents
Interesting finding:  The ability to work remotely increases employee happiness by as much as 20%.
Published by:   Tracking Happiness
► Study #284
Study title:   Do you want me to be perfect? Two longitudinal studies on socially prescribed perfectionism, stress...
Interesting finding:  Individuals who emphasized perfection in the workplace experienced significantly increased stress levels at work and were more likely to burn out.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #284
Study title:   Achieving Balance In Everyday Life
Interesting finding:  When our occupation provides personal meaning and fulfillment, we are more likely to adopt a positive self-image in our place of work.
Published by:   TandFOnline
► Study #284
Study title:   Getting More Done: Strategies to Increase Scholarly Productivity
Interesting finding:  Multitasking reduces productivity by up to 40%.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   The Productivity of Working Hours
Interesting finding:  Productivity per hour drops sharply when you work over 50 hours per week. After 55 hours, the loss in productivity is so big that there’s no point to put in even more hours.
Published by:   Institute of Labor Economics
► Study #284
Study title:   Field investigation of the relationship among adult curiosity, workplace learning, and job performan...
Interesting finding:  Curious people are more productive at work and achieve greater levels of success.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library

17 studies about exercise and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Dancing To Resist, Reduce And Escape Stress
Interesting finding:  Dancing is an excellent way to relieve stress and may have more benefits than any other form of exercise.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Walking On Sunshine: Scoping Review Of The Evidence For Walking And Mental Health
Interesting finding:  Walking alone or in a group can be used as a treatment for depression, and there is some evidence that walking can also prevent depression
Published by:   BMJ
► Study #284
Study title:   Lack Of Exercise Is A Major Cause Of Chronic Diseases
Interesting finding:  A lack of exercising may lead to severe chronic ilnesses.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   A Systematic Review Of The Relationship Between Physical Activity And Happiness
Interesting finding:  There is a significant increase in happiness even if you just exercise 1 day a week and that even 10 minutes may be enough to make you happier.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   A Rct Comparing Daily Mindfulness Meditations, Biofeedback Exercises, And Daily Physical Exercise On...
Interesting finding:  Physical exercise is just as effective in reducing worrying as mindfulness meditation.
Published by:   Springer Link
► Study #284
Study title:   Reducing Addictions Via The Self-Soothing Effects Of Yoga
Interesting finding:  Yoga promotes the creation and focus upon an atmosphere of mindfulness.
Published by:   Guilford Press Periodicals
► Study #284
Study title:   Long-Term Association Between Leisure-Time Physical Activity And Changes In Happiness: Analysis Of T...
Interesting finding:  People who were inactive are more than twice as likely to be unhappy as those who remain active.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Effects Of Physical Exercise On Cognitive Functioning And Wellbeing: Biological And Psychological Be...
Interesting finding:  Physical activity has been linked to increased confidence and emotional stability, positive body image and improved self-control.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   How we walk affects what we remember: gait modifications through biofeedback change negative affecti...
Interesting finding:  A study compared people walking with slumped posture and upright. The latter had much more positive memories of the walk.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Reflective learning in sport: a case study of a senior level triathlete
Interesting finding:  Practicing self-reflection is considered necessary in order to improve physical and mental performance.
Published by:   Research Gate
► Study #284
Study title:   Laughter-Based Exercise Program For Older Adults Has Health Benefits, Georgia State Researchers Find
Interesting finding:  Incorporating laughter in workouts helps participants relax, strengthens muscles and improves mental health.
Published by:   Georgia State University
► Study #284
Study title:   The Relationships between Physical Activity and Life Satisfaction and Happiness among Young, Middle-...
Interesting finding:  People with moderate to high activity levels have significantly higher life satisfaction and happiness than those with lower levels.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   The exercise effect
Interesting finding:  It takes just about five minutes after a moderate workout for your mood to improve.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   The influence of 15-week exercise training on dietary patterns among young adults
Interesting finding:  Exercising regularly leads people to start eating healthier over time.
Published by:   Nature
► Study #284
Study title:   Debunking the Myth of Exercise-Induced Immune Suppression: Redefining the Impact of Exercise on Immu...
Interesting finding:  Doing regular exercise helps keep your immune system from weakening as you age, keeping you stronger and healthier for longer.
Published by:   Frontiers in Psychology
► Study #284
Study title:   Lifestyle and neurocognition in older adults with cognitive impairments
Interesting finding:  Cardio exercise improves working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control among adults who are at risk of cognitive decline.
Published by:   American Academy of Neurology
► Study #284
Study title:   Physical activity and self-esteem: testing direct and indirect relationships associated with psychol...
Interesting finding:  Exercising increases self-esteem even if you don't experience any physical changes.
Published by:   NCBI

8 studies about social media and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   The Rewarding Nature Of Social Interactions
Interesting finding:  The dopamine we receive from someone retweeting a tweet or liking a social media post activates the same reward circuits in our brain as money, delicious food, and psychostimulant drugs.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Problematic Social Media Use And Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, And Insomnia) Among Lebanese Ad...
Interesting finding:  Research suggests that social media use is linked to several mental health disorders.
Published by:   Wiley Online Library
► Study #284
Study title:   No More Fomo: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness And Depression
Interesting finding:  Limiting your social media use can decrease depression and loneliness.
Published by:   Guilford Press Periodicals
► Study #284
Study title:   The Mediating Effect Of Envy On Time Spent On Highly Visual Social Media And General Life Satisfacti...
Interesting finding:  People who spent more time on highly visual social media are more likely to experience envy.
Published by:   Universiteit van Twente
► Study #284
Study title:   Sweden´S Largest Facebook Study
Interesting finding:  People comparing themselves to others on Facebook are more likely to suffer low self-esteem and depressive symptoms.
Published by:   Gothenburg Research Institute
► Study #284
Study title:   #Fitspo Or #Loveyourself? The Impact Of Fitspiration And Self-Compassion Instagram Images On Women’S...
Interesting finding:  Looking at positive, self-compassion related social media posts can reduce negative mood
Published by:   Worktribe
► Study #284
Study title:   Add A Comment … How Fitspiration And Body Positive Captions Attached To Social Media Images Influenc...
Interesting finding:  "Fitspiration"-type posts calling people to improve their personal fitness increased negative mood.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   The Facebook Paths To Happiness: Effects Of The Number Of Facebook Friends And Self-Presentation On...
Interesting finding:  Pretending to be happy on social media can make you happier, but being honest gets you more support from friends.
Published by:   Research Gate

8 studies about diet and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Can Chocolate Boost Mood?
Interesting finding:  Dark chocolate contains an antioxidant that gives you a burst of endorphins and serotonin.
Published by:   Psych Central
► Study #284
Study title:   Chewing Gum Alleviates Negative Mood And Reduces Cortisol During Acute Laboratory Psychological Stre...
Interesting finding:  Chewing gum alleviates poor mood and reduces the stress hormone cortisol.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Mind Over Stomach: A Review Of The Cognitive Drivers Of Food Satiation
Interesting finding:  A 2017 study on sensory-specific satiety found that the first bite of delicious food tastes better than all successive bites.
Published by:   University of Chicago
► Study #284
Study title:   Eat Green, Be Happy: New Study Finds Vegans Are Happier
Interesting finding:  Vegans report higher happiness levels than meat-eaters (+7%).
Published by:   Tracking Happiness
► Study #284
Study title:   Healthy Food Choices Are Happy Food Choices: Evidence From A Real Life Sample Using Smartphone Based...
Interesting finding:  Healthy eating correlated with improved mood and happiness, the biggest effect caused by eating vegetables.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Social Eating Connects Communities
Interesting finding:  People who share meals more often report feeling happier and more satisfied.
Published by:   Oxford University
► Study #284
Study title:   Healthy Food Makes You Happy: Research Shows A Healthy Diet Improves Your Mental Health
Interesting finding:  Healthy, quality food has been linked to happiness.
Published by:   Forbes
► Study #284
Study title:   The link between food and mental health
Interesting finding:  There's a link between children who were brought up eating fast food, copious amounts of sugar-infused foods and drinks with an ADHD diagnosis.
Published by:   APA

4 studies about nature and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Benefits Of Sunlight: A Bright Spot For Human Health
Interesting finding:  Exposure to sunlight increases both serotonin and endorphins – two happiness hormones.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Positive Affect And Markers Of Inflammation: Discrete Positive Emotions Predict Lower Levels Of Infl...
Interesting finding:  Experiencing a sense of awe reduces stress and increases satisfaction.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Icu Patient Family Stress Recovery During Breaks In A Hospital Garden And Indoor Environments
Interesting finding:  Spending time outdoors significantly reduces stress.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   The Cognitive Benefits Of Interacting With Nature
Interesting finding:  Spending time outdoors increases cognitive functioning, improves your immune system, and reduces stress and blood pressure.
Published by:   Sage journals

5 studies about goals and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   A Closer Look At Life Goals Across Adulthood: Applying A Developmental Perspective To Content, Dynam...
Interesting finding:  People who view their goals as attainable have higher mental and emotional wellbeing.
Published by:   Sage journals
► Study #284
Study title:   Hope And The Meaningful Life: Theoretical And Empirical Associations Between Goal–Directed Thinking...
Interesting finding:  To live meaningfully, you must pursue a personal goal, but accomplishing that goal is less important than having them.
Published by:   Guilford Press Periodicals
► Study #284
Study title:   New Directions in Goal-Setting Theory
Interesting finding:  Goal setting is linked with improved self-confidence, motivation, and autonomy.
Published by:   University of Baltimore
► Study #284
Study title:   Successful pursuit of personal goals and subjective well-being.
Interesting finding:  Striving towards self-congruent goals enhances the happiness that comes from making progress on them.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   Cognitive Processes in Response to Goal Failure: A Study of Ruminative Thought and its Affective Con...
Interesting finding:  When we strive to meet unachievable goals, we increase our chances of anxiety and depression.
Published by:   NCBI

15 studies about miscellaneous and happiness


► Study #284
Study title:   Emotion Regulation, Procrastination, And Watching Cat Videos Online: Who Watches Internet Cats, Why,...
Interesting finding:  People feel more energetic and happier after watching cat videos.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Self-Soothing Behaviors With Particular Reference To Oxytocin Release Induced By Non-Noxious Sensory...
Interesting finding:  By getting a massage, your body releases oxytocin, as well as serotonin and dopamine.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Touch May Alleviate Existential Fears For People With Low Self-Esteem
Interesting finding:  Touching a teddy bear helps reduce existential anxiety.
Published by:   Psychological Science
► Study #284
Study title:   Adaptive Effects Of Seeing Green Environment On Psychophysiological Parameters When Walking Or Runni...
Interesting finding:  Green colors in your environment improve your mood in several ways.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Does Gardening Improve Your Memory?
Interesting finding:  Freshly cut grass releases at least 5 chemicals with stress-relieving properties.
Published by:   University of Queensland
► Study #284
Study title:   Avoiding Sedentary Behaviors Requires More Cortical Resources Than Avoiding Physical Activity: An Ee...
Interesting finding:  Research shows that our brains might just be wired for lazy behaviors.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   Is Exercise Really Medicine? An Evolutionary Perspective
Interesting finding:  Physical laziness is not only a natural but normal part of being human.
Published by:   NCBI
► Study #284
Study title:   Does Money Buy Happiness? A Longitudinal Study Using Data On Windfalls
Interesting finding:  People who receive unexpected windfalls like a lottery win or an inheritance are happier in the year after receiving the money, but this effect doesn’t last.
Published by:   IDEAS
► Study #284
Study title:   Men Are 250% More Likely To Associate Sex With Happiness Than Women, Study Finds
Interesting finding:  Men are 250% more likely to associate sex with happiness than women are.
Published by:   Tracking Happiness
► Study #284
Study title:   Does Money Buy Happiness? A Longitudinal Study Using Data On Windfalls
Interesting finding:  People who receive windfalls like winning a lottery also experience lower mental stress and report higher happiness in the following year.
Published by:   Warwick University
► Study #284
Study title:   Dopamine, Smartphones & You: A Battle For Your Time
Interesting finding:  73% of people actually experience anxiety when unable to find their phones.
Published by:   Harvard Health Publishing
► Study #284
Study title:   Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership.
Interesting finding:  Having any type of pet helps raise our self-esteem and provides us with social support.
Published by:   APA
► Study #284
Study title:   Why do people love their pets?
Interesting finding:  Losing a dog can be as difficult as losing a human loved one.
Published by:   Science Direct
► Study #284
Study title:   How dogs stole our hearts
Interesting finding:  When we share eye contact with our dogs, oxytocin is released in our brains.
Published by:   Science.org
► Study #284
Study title:   Life Is Pleasant—and Memory Helps to Keep It That Way!
Interesting finding:  As time goes on, the negative emotions associated with a memory seem to fade.
Published by:   APA

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Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 7 years.

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