An Explanation of Happiness
Oct18

An Explanation of Happiness

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. — Dalai Lama There are few things in life we pursue as consistently and determinedly as happiness. Heck, “the pursuit of happiness” is inscribed in the US Constitution (i.e., so you know it’s legit). But for as important as we all agree happiness is, the field of psychology hasn’t treated it so. For example, in 1981, there were close to 130 publications on...

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Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?
Jan11

Can You Smell Someone’s Personality?

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it. — Rudyard Kipling With the winter, comes one of the most annoying things in life: the stuffy nose. But more than a nasally voice or the inability to sleep comfortably (if at all), losing your sense of smell can have effects on your psychology. Or rather, in detecting the psychology of others… Likely, you’ve heard it claimed “dogs can smell fear,” but did you...

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Regulating Your Emotions
Nov09

Regulating Your Emotions

If you wish to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires. — Epicurus Depending on who you voted for this presidential election, this post may be particularly relevant to you. It builds off another post I wrote four years and a day ago, where I gave some psychological advice regarding the outcome of that election. So, seeing how similar knowledge may be useful here, why not give the people (or at...

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Purchasing Happiness
Sep14

Purchasing Happiness

Men fancy that external goods are the cause of happiness…[but] leisure of itself gives pleasure and happiness and enjoyment in life. – Aristotle Take a moment to consider this question: If you had the choice between a new car or an equally priced trip around the world, which would you choose?—the long-lasting possession or the fleeting experience? According to the research, you should start seeing if you can’t book that aisle...

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Grateful for Self-Control
Jun01

Grateful for Self-Control

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. — Anonymous Boy, would I like a new cell phone. Something faster, something shinier, something that doesn’t do the current “which-app-did-you-not-touch-but-I’m-going-to-open-anyway” shuffle. Now, I could purchase the newest, currently released version of my phone, or I could wait for an updated and even jazzier one later this fall. Both options, monetarily, would...

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