Think leisure is a waste? That may not bode well for your mental health
We live in a global society and there are people everywhere that hear the same messages about how important it is to be busy and productive. Feeling like leisure is wasteful and unproductive may lead to less happiness and higher levels of stress and depression.
Humans vs. automation: Service center agents can outperform technology
Humans by and large are quite happy to interact with machines—like self-service check-outs in supermarkets—but not talk to them. We want, and are genetically wired to need, to interact with other humans. Without that we become depressed.
You can have too much of a good thing, says study of financial analysts' work-life balance
Making improvements to hardworking analysts’ work-life balance produces dividends for the company and the analysts’ careers, but there's a limit to the positive performance impact, with a little bit stress a good thing.
"All the lonely people": The impact of loneliness in old age on life and health expectancy
Is it time to rethink work so that the transition from “employed” to “retired” is not so traumatic? Many people - particularly men - are less able to make social contacts outside of work thus, when work ends, they are in danger of feeling isolated, even if they are married.
A quarter of adults don't want children-and they're still happy
Parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, right? Not for everyone, with more than one in four people identifying as "child-free"—someone who chooses not to have children.
Money matters to happiness - perhaps more than previously thought
What is the relationship between money and well-being? Are we underestimating the importance of money to our personal happiness?
What makes a happy couple, a happy family, or a happy workplace?
Being emotionally flexible may be one of the most important factors when it comes to longevity and overall health of your romantic, familial and workplace relationships.
Why experiences are better gifts for older children
All I want for Christmas is ... a gift that provides enduring happiness. New research compares the level of happiness children derive from material goods with the level of happiness they derive from experiences.
Job interest not a big predictor of job satisfaction
To be satisfied with a job, you don’t have to worry too much about finding a perfect fit for your interests. As long as it’s something you don’t hate doing, you may find yourself very satisfied if you have a good supervisor, like your coworkers, and are treated fairly.
Health and happiness depend on each other
Participants in a 12-week positive psychological intervention study reported increasing levels of subjective well-being and reported fewer sick days than control participants throughout the program and three months after it ended.
Humans are optimists for most of life
At what age are we most optimistic? How do life events change our future outlook and what does this mean for resilience?
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