Tag Archives | Happiness


Surprisingly, higher education doesn’t seem to improve levels of happiness

In an intriguing new study, University of Warwick researchers say that while low educational attainment is associated with mental illness, happiness – or mental wellbeing – was equally likely across all levels of educational attainment. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, set out to examine socioeconomic factors related to high mental wellbeing, […]

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Happy men not sexually attractive to women

The notion that women find “bad boys” sexually attractive gets reinforcement from a new study published in Emotion showing that happiness is not a sexually attractive emotion for men to display. The University of British Columbia study found dramatic gender differences in how men and women rank the sexual attractiveness of commonly displayed emotions, including […]

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Why are the happiest places also suicide hotspots?

The happiest countries (and happiest U.S. states) have the highest suicide rates; say an international team of researchers, who have pulled together a study that attempts to explain this seemingly paradoxical situation. The study, appearing in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, shows that a range of nations including Canada, the United States, Iceland, […]

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The happiness equation

Happiness is not just an individual experience, but is dependent on the happiness of others to whom individuals are connected directly and indirectly, and requires close proximity to spread, suggests a fascinating new study in the British Medical Journal. Professor Nicholas Christakis from Harvard Medical School and Professor James Fowler from the University of California, […]

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