According to the World Happiness Report 2013, the term happiness is commonly used in two very distinctive ways. The first is to describe a combination of positive emotions felt at a specific moment in time (ie. ‘Were you happy yesterday?’).
Certain people get under our skin. They may seem friendly and polite, yet for some unknown reason they rub us up the wrong way. Often it is because they display 4 subtle behaviours that trigger a response in our subconscious brain. This response tells us that the
For a long time people believed that the key to building greater social confidence was building a stronger sense of self-esteem. And it makes sense, considering that self-esteem is how much we like ourselves. However, as far back as 2005,
As it turns out we unintentionally infect people with our emotions. Researcher Elaine Hatfield studies a phenomenon known as emotional contagion which describes how we automatically mimic other peoples body language to help us judge how they are feeling. By doing
Have you ever been in a social situation where your nervousness made you act a little strangely? Maybe you were overly conscious of your posture, the way you spoke or how you looked? To counter this self-consciousness you probably tried
The old adage, you can’t buy happiness, might not be entirely accurate after all. While it is true that buying things to try and make ourselves happy is relatively ineffective, spending money can increase our overall sense of life satisfaction (the real type of
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