Tag Archives: Happiness

Five life-affirming words we should bring back into use

The Oxford English Dictionary tries to include all words in English (particularly British and American English) from 1200 onwards. dollar gill | unsplash, FAL Sara Pons-Sanz, Cardiff University Lexicographer and TV personality Susie Dent recently embarked on a curious, self-appointed mission. She is determined to bring the word “respair”, last used around 1525, back into common usage. “Respair”, Dent explains, …

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Why some people find it harder to be happy

Black Salmon Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences The self-help industry is booming, fuelled by research on positive psychology – the scientific study of what makes people flourish. At the same time, the rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm continue to soar worldwide. So are we doomed to be unhappy, despite these advances in psychology? According to …

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Is there a happiness equation? Here’s how we’re trying to find out

What if your happy is different from my happy? Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock Robb Rutledge, UCL Most people would like to be happier. But it isn’t always easy to know how to achieve that goal. Is there an equation for happiness? Many formulas have been suggested. Get enough sleep. Exercise. Meditate. Help others. Spend time with friends and family. On average, …

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Six ways to ‘reboot your brain’ after a hard year of COVID-19 – according to science

It’s time to snap out of bad habits. Jolygon/Shutterstock, CC BY-SA Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, University of Cambridge; Christelle Langley, University of Cambridge, and Jianfeng Feng, Fudan University There’s no doubt that 2020 was difficult for everyone and tragic for many. But now vaccines against COVID-19 are finally being administered – giving a much needed hope of a return to normality …

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