Happiness


Teaching your kids to be happy

Tamara Rajakariar | 19 September 2014
Six attitudes to instill in your kids.

Pope Francis’ 10 tips for happiness

Tamara Rajakariar | 01 August 2014
Words of papal wisdom.

Do we even need marriage anymore?

Nicole M. King | 13 May 2014
Cohabitation and marriage rights are looking more similar, but married people are happier.

Happiness is ... dinner with the family

Joanna Roughton | 28 March 2014
The British government is now collecting stats on family meals for its happiness index.

Facebook makes you sad

Tamara Rajakariar | 19 August 2013
Spending time with "real people" is more satisfactory than spending it on social media. Surprise.

Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?

Mariette Ulrich | 26 October 2012
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
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
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
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
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.

More time online = less happiness among girls

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 February 2012
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
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
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
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.

“Here comes baby, there goes the marriage”

Mariette Ulrich | 29 April 2011
How tedious has become the meme: don’t have children, it will ruin your life.

Britain takes a close look at family life

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 March 2011
Not living with both natural parents has a greater negative impact on a young person's life satisfaction than their material situation.

Marry, be happier, live longer

Carolyn Moynihan | 31 January 2011
A good, lasting marriage makes the spouses happier and healthier and increases their lifespan, compared with cohabitation. On average. That’s the net finding of a review of 148 studies in seven European countries, according to an editorial in the British Medical Journal.

Are new mothers happy?

Mariette Ulrich | 19 January 2011
Overall, my marital happiness didn’t decline; it changed—into something richer, fuller, certainly more challenging, but ultimately soul-expanding.

Who are the happiest kids in England?

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 January 2011
Who are the happiest kids in England? Twelve-year-old boys who eat meals with their families, according to a new survey of 32,000 youngsters.

Whatever does not kill us can make us stronger

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 October 2010
With the Chilean copper miners who were trapped deep below ground for more than two months providing an ongoing object lesson in coping with adversity, the role of adverse experiences in our lives is of global interest.

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