All posts in tag: happiness

Maximilian Auffhammer Heat and happiness

One of the reasons we think we should take action about climate change is that the costs of doing something about the problem are lower than the stream of future damages if we fail to act.

Figuring out what damages from climate change will be 100 or more years into the … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith The best Greater Good articles of 2015

For UC Berkeley’s Greater Good, nuance and controversy defined 2015.

Over the course of the year, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center grappled with big public issues like terrorism, racism, and what schools should teach. We tackled “inside baseball” questions about the validity of psychological research and the … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Happy International Day of Happiness!

Today is the International Day of Happiness, launched last year by the United Nations to promote subjective well-being as a legitimate goal of public policy and social progress.

That’s a goal we share at the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and through the years we’ve covered happiness research from every … More >

Christine Carter Is your marriage losing its luster?

One of the greatest things about our long-term romantic relationships is that they can provide comfort and predictability in this wild world we live in.

But let’s face it: Long-term relationships can get a little boring. Within nine to eighteen months, research suggests, 87 percent of couples lose that knee-quaking excitement … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith The year’s most popular articles about the “science of a meaningful life”

At a recent retreat for the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, one of our advisors looked at a list of our most popular articles to date. “This is all over the place,” he said, referring to the diversity of topics and approaches.

I replied that this is a feature, not … More >

Christine Carter Would working less make you happier?

Are you caught in a “Time Bind”— where you feel like you don’t have enough time to get your work done AND spend time with your children and spouse AND take care of your own basic needs?

Sociologists have been very excited about a “natural experiment” occurring in Korea. In 2004, … More >

Christine Carter Working parents, are you maxed out?

I just finished Katrina Alcorn’s gripping memoir, Maxed Out, about her nervous breakdown. Although it is an absorbing, can’t-put-it-down kind of a book, her breakdown — harrowing as it was — struck me as ordinary.

Ordinary in that her experience seems so common. Working parents are stressed. Women in particular are … More >

Christine Carter My love-hate relationship with Mother’s Day

I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to feel entitled to breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day (complete with gifts and a clean kitchen afterwards), a family hike (no whining, everyone remembers their water bottles and packs their own snack, remembering one for me), and a little downtime with … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith The past year’s top 10 scientific insights about living a meaningful life

The science we cover on the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center website — aka, “the science of a meaningful life” — has exploded over the past 10 years, with many more studies published each year on gratitude, mindfulness, and our other core themes than we saw a decade ago.

2012 … More >

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