Talking Yourself Into Happiness: It Works, Except For When It Doesn't

"Talking through it" is a time-honored way of dealing with problems, and new research shows that people who talk more are happier. But some kinds of talk may be more helpful than others. » 3/05/10 12:40pm 3/05/10 12:40pm

A Happiness Expert's "Gleaming Home:" Is Joy Easier When You're Rich?

Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project to become happier by "to appreciat[ing] more what I already have." But is this easier when you already have a lot? » 3/02/10 3:40pm 3/02/10 3:40pm

May You Live In Interesting Times

Penelope Trunk's bizarre happy-vs.-interesting quiz says happy people have "fat friends" and think Christmas is a national holiday, while interesting people have high-powered careers and opinions on Picasso. Thinking the entire quiz is bullshit apparently means you're happy. [Brazen Careerist] » 2/16/10 4:20pm 2/16/10 4:20pm

Do Optimists Just Have Better Lives?

Amid all the recent research on — and criticism ofpositive thinking, one question hasn't received much attention: does optimism actually make people healthier, or is it the other way around? » 1/12/10 2:40pm 1/12/10 2:40pm

What Is Happiness Anyway?

A lot of ink has been spilt in the past few days on the issue of whether women are unhappier now than they used to be. But what is a woman's happiness, and does it make any sense to try to measure it? » 6/01/09 2:40pm 6/01/09 2:40pm