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Psychologists and the pursuit of happiness

Edited by Jill Wright,

According to the British Psychological Society's Research Digest, it's time for psychologists toiling away in Melbourne, or for that matter anywhere else in Western countries, to take into account the fact that a lot of people actually don't want to be happy. New Zealanders, for instance, actually fear happiness, having developed something of a national consensus that joy gets followed...

Mobile mindfulness

Edited by Jill Wright,

More and more these days, I'm convinced that we are in the early stages of a mass mindfulness movement. Yesterday, for instance, I belatedly caught up with a BBC Horizon show from last year, called The Truth about Personality, which suggested that mindfulness meditation can help us live longer by changing our mental orientation from pessimism to optimism. According to...

Six tips for happiness

Edited by Jill Wright,

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times has some valuable insights on happiness. The first is that taking the risk of chatting to strangers on public transport can bring unexpected joy. A 2004 study reported that commuting is associated with fewer positive emotions than any other activity, and most people believe that their fellow commuters wouldn't want to...