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How Does Commuting Affect Your Health?

“Commuters are more likely to be anxious, dissatisfied and have the sense that their daily activities lack meaning than those who don’t have to travel to work even if they are paid more,” says a Guardian report on a study of commuting and personal well-being.

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Why Hitler and ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Are Amazon Best-Sellers

Due to the inconspicuous nature of e-books, “Mein Kampf” seems to be in everyone’s hands these days; scientists have created an algorithm that can predict whether a book will be a best-seller; working in the arts can lead to high levels of happiness. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Where Do Happy People Live?

An author claims countries with effective social programs and labor unions harbor content citizens; Pope Francis excommunicates a Catholic priest for favoring gay rights; and can you count how many lies Obama told in his U.N. speech? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Incredibly, Global Happiness Is on the Rise

Despite the economic crisis, people’s contentment is increasing in more countries than where it’s falling. The United Nations’ 2013 World Happiness Report provides evidence that the past five years have seen a marked improvement in international well-being, but not all nations are as merry as others.

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The Lotto Symbolizes the False Promises of Barracuda Capitalism

One of the social control mechanisms deployed in a plutocracy to keep people quiet while their pockets are being picked is the lottery. It is a scam.

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Study: Obesity Gene May Help Prevent Depression

The same gene that may be increasing your girth may also be making you happier, according to a new report.

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American Happiness and the Heebie-Jeebies

Author and documentary filmmaker Ruth Whippman locates the root of American anxiety in “the great national happiness rat race,” a phenomenon that is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the contrast between British and American culture.

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Children and Happiness: Discuss

Those goofy social scientists, always trying to quantify life’s seemingly immeasurable phenomena and solve intractable mysteries—such as, for example, whether or not having kids makes people any happier.

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Why Danes Are So Happy

Multiple studies have suggested that Danes are the happiest people on the planet, but an article in the medical journal bmj.com goes one step further and attempts to understand why. Most likely reason they’re so satisfied: low expectations. (h/t boingboing.net)

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The Misguided Pursuit of Happiness

In this TED conference speech, Harvard super-psychologist Dan Gilbert explains why we humans are so notoriously bad at predicting what will make us happy. Fascinating stuff. Also: The TED page has a wealth of other great talks.

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Study: Money Does Not Buy Much Happiness

According to a new study, not only does a higher income not make you much happier, but people with higher incomes tend to be tenser and spend less time on simple leisure activities.

  • The Washingon Post has more.

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    Single and Fabulous

    The facts are these: Singles are the fastest-growing demographic group in the U.S., and marital status is not a determinant of happiness. Psychology Today magazine examines these findings and says singlehood is rapidly becoming “a satisfying destination rather than an anxiety-ridden way station.”
    (Reg. req’d for Psy. Today.) Check out the Salon summary and analysis for more.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


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