How To Appreciate Beauty – Even When It Doesn’t Smack You In The Face

It was a brisk morning in January 2009. At a Metro station in Washington D.C., a man with a violin played six Bach pieces for approximately 45 minutes. About 2000 people walked past him during that time, most of them on their way to work. Ten minutes after he started playing, a three year old […]

The Meaning Of Happiness

I have been managing Feel Happiness for just over a year now, and I’m proud of what I have accomplished so far. From the beginning, my intention has been to help people live happier lives. This mission has served me well enough. However, I have recently begun to question myself. I know that I “like” […]

Do Pessimists Live Longer?

Ahhhh, science. I love reading new scientific studies, particularly ones that are related to happiness and health. You can learn so much useful, actionable information by staying on top of the latest research. Unfortunately, it can be very easy to draw the wrong conclusions from new studies, particularly when you only read about the study […]

A Mathematical Model Of Happiness

How can you maximize the amount of happiness you experience over a lifetime? There is no single, correct answer to this question that would take into account all the variables that go into happiness, including aspects that are unique to you. But I am a math nerd. And as a math nerd, I feel obliged […]

Need To Take Action And Stop Procrastinating? Read This.

Feeling stuck? Recently, I have been afflicted with a terrible disease. The primary symptom is a strong desire to remain on the couch. I am talking about Netflix addiction. Sure I want to get some writing done or start learning Spanish, but after just….one….more…episode… Know what I’m talking about? For me, it was the desire […]

A Practical Guide To Reframing Your Thoughts And Making Yourself Happier

“My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes, most of which have never happened.” What a great quote by Mark Twain. It humorously summarizes something that is so true, so important, and so often ignored. Our minds are constantly bombarded with negative thoughts, visions of horrible things that may happen to us, and terrifying reasons […]

Gratitude And Paying It Forward

Today’s post is about making the world a better place. I’ve always believed that showing gratitude is one of the best things we can do for our emotional health and happiness. If that weren’t enough, it appears that individuals with a high disposition to gratitude are more likely to help others after being helped. If […]

Are You Savoring The Moment?

Savoring the moment, or becoming engrossed in a positive experience as it occurs in order to enhance or prolong the positive effect, is a useful tactic for improving ones happiness. A recent study by Hurley and Kwon explores the idea of savoring the moment, and how it can potentially increase positive outcomes and decrease negative […]