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Happiness


The global niceness challenge announces a winner

Michael Cook | 11 July 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: foreign affairs, happiness
Statisticians have identified the Mother Teresa of global politics.


Do we even need marriage anymore?

Nicole M. King | 13 May 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cohabitation, happiness, Marriage


Happiness is ... dinner with the family

Joanna Roughton | 28 March 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family meals, happiness, UK


Facebook makes you sad

Tamara Rajakariar | 19 August 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Facebook, happiness, social media
Spending time with "real people" is more satisfactory than spending it on social media. Surprise.


Sadly, the International Day of Happiness is over

Vincenzina Santoro | 25 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, happiness, United Nations
The United Nations is considering an international happiness index to replace Gross Domestic Product as a measure of successful nations. Good luck!


Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?

Mariette Ulrich | 26 October 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cohabitation, happiness, marriage
The short answer, according to a recent study, is Yes, No, Maybe, and It depends.


How do American moms feel about working outside the home?

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 September 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, working mothers
A survey of 1000 women by Forbes found that working moms are, in general, “an unhappy lot”.


Surprise - parenthood is associated with more joy than misery

Mariette Ulrich | 29 June 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, parenthood
The notion that parenthood brings happiness and fulfilment is self-evident to those of us who have partaken of healthy family life, but it’s still gratifying to receive validation from academia.


Irish women more satisfied with life than men

David Quinn | 04 June 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, women, work-life balance
The OECD’s latest ‘Better Life Index’ shows that Irish women have a better overall quality of life than men when a range of different factors is taken into account.


How men contribute to Australian happiness

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 May 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, happiness, work-life balance
It’s happiness survey time again, with the publication of the OECD’s annual Better Life Index. And, for once, it’s not a Scandinavian country that comes out on top.


Rescuing marriage from no-fault divorce

William West | 12 March 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: divorce, happiness, marriage education
Two out of three unhappily married adults who stayed together were happily married five years later.


More time online = less happiness among girls

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 February 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: girls, happiness, social media
Girls who spend a lot of time using multimedia seem to be less happy and socially comfortable than peers who spend less time on screens, a study from Stanford University suggests.


Should we desire happiness for our children?

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 February 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child wellbeing, happiness
A British media personality has pricked the country’s happiness bubble by declaring that she does not want her kids to be “happy”.


Does raising kids decrease marital happiness?

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 December 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: faith, happiness, marriage, parenthood
In the last post on the new State of Our Unions (SOU) report from the National Marriage Project we read that “the benefits of generosity were particularly pronounced among couples with children.” Parents who were very generous with each other were more likely to be very happy as well. But there’s more. Generosity in having children is also part of the happiness equation.


Cheerful givers make a go of marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 December 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: generosity, happiness, marriage
An item about generosity in marriage is getting some play on the New York Times Well blog today. Tara Parker- Pope reports on the 2011 State of Our Unions report just out from the National Marriage Project.


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