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It's Not the Stuff That Makes the Rich Happier

Researchers find differences in how we spend our leisure time and work autonomy

(Newser) - Being wealthy must have its stresses. You might have to choose between a Rolls-Royce Dawn and Phantom. And did you see the Wraith? Still — Chin up! — the evidence is that they manage to be happier than the rest of us, Forge reports. But it's not the new... More »

Want to Be Happy? Move to This State

No wonder so many people vacation in the Aloha State

(Newser) - Home is where the heart is, and for people in certain parts of the US, where happiness reigns. WalletHub looked at more than 30 metrics for all 50 states, concentrating on three main categories: emotional and physical well-being (including career and social satisfaction, depression rates, and life expectancy); work environment,... More »

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which... More »

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities

Looking for contentment? These might be your best bet

(Newser) - Marie Kondo is sparking joy around the nation, but you may be able to do that on your own (without a major closet reorg) if you simply pick the right place to live. WalletHub looked at 180-plus US cities across more than 30 "happiness" metrics in three main categories:... More »

Scientists' Quest: Making Chickens Happy

Study in Canada may result in better living conditions, even if only briefly

(Newser) - How do you measure a chicken's happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening? To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical... More »

This Is the Happiest State in the Union

Congratulations, Hawaii

(Newser) - It may be tough to measure happiness, but WalletHub took a crack at it by crunching data on 31 factors from depression to income in each state of the union. Your happiness winner is perhaps not a shocker: Hawaii. On the flip side, West Virginia fared worst. One big factor... More »

Happiness: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Yale's most popular course is all about learning to practice it

(Newser) - It's called "PSYC 157: Psychology and the Good Life," and the course taught by Laurie Santos just happens to be the most popular one ever offered at Yale, writes Adam Sternbergh at the Cut . Its aim is to teach students to be happier. Sternbergh took the course... More »

This Is the World's Happiest Country

World Happiness Report is out for 2018

(Newser) - The United States is at its unhappiest level since the annual World Happiness Report was first released in 2012. This year, the US came in No. 18, down four spots from last year, the Washington Post reports. The report was released Wednesday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative... More »

Want a Smile on Your Face? Live in This US City

Fremont, Calif., has been dubbed America's happiest city

(Newser) - To live your best, happiest life, pack up and head to either California … or the Dakotas. That's WalletHub's take, based on the cities it found are happiest, with the Golden State claiming four cities in its top 10 and North and South Dakota taking a total of... More »

This Is Most-Popular Class in Yale's 316-Year History

With nearly a quarter of all undergrads enrolled

(Newser) - It turns out a whole lot of Yale students want to learn to be happier. The New York Times reports the recently offered Psyc 147—or "Psychology and the Good Life"—is the most popular course in Yale's 316 years of existence. "Students want to change... More »

Einstein 'Tipped' the Man With a Note. It Just Sold for $1.5M

Note summing up the Nobel winner's thoughts exceeded estimates at auction

(Newser) - You really can put a price on happiness, or at least Albert Einstein's pithy theory on the matter: The theory, scribbled on a piece of paper and handed to a messenger, sold at auction for $1.56 million, AFP reports. The record-setting bid at Tuesday's sale in Jerusalem... More »

Want to Be Happy? Get Thee to These US Cities

Boulder ranks No. 1 on this happiness index

(Newser) - Smiling, relaxed Californians aren't just hype. Three cities in the Golden State are at the top of the list in a new happiness survey, though Boulder, Colo., is the city that experiences the most existential ecstasy. The National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index, compiled by National Geographic author Dan... More »

5 Most, Least Happy US States

Everything is awesome in Minnesota; not so much in West Virginia

(Newser) - If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands—especially if you're from Minnesota. The North Star State ranks highest in WalletHub's "Happiest States in America" list, which looked at all 50 across three main metrics: how emotionally and physically well its citizens are, work... More »

Work-Life Balance Gets Trickier After 35

More people feel stressed and underappreciated

(Newser) - The older we get, the more of us there are who don't like our jobs—at least according to a recent survey of more than 2,000 employees in the UK. Age 35 seems to be a tipping point: The number of those who are unhappy at work more... More »

Study: High-School Popularity Doesn't Guarantee Happiness

Better to have a few close friends, researchers say

(Newser) - Good news, nerds: Popularity in high school isn't predictive of long-term happiness, at least according to a study published Monday in Child Development . ABC News reports the study followed 169 high-school students for a decade starting when they were 15 years old. Researchers found high-schoolers with a few good,... More »

Buying Services That Save Time Could Make You Happier

'Consider buying [your] way out of unpleasant experiences'

(Newser) - If you scrub your own toilets and fold your own clothes, and you've just never found a way to enjoy it, this study's for you. Researchers at Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that buying... More »

Tokyo's Hottest DJ Is an 82-Year-Old Woman

DJ Sumirock spent a year training to be a DJ at a local music school

(Newser) - Age may be nothing but a number, but one octogenarian in Tokyo is still defying the odds with her energy. Sumiko Iwamuro has spent six decades making dumplings in the restaurant she and her brother inherited from their family, but when her husband died in her 70s she decided to... More »

Searching for Happiness? Try Napping

Limit your snooze to 30 minutes or less

(Newser) - Can napping make you happier? New research out of Britain shows power napping can do exactly that. But limit those daytime siestas to a half-hour or less. After that, the positive effects cease. "Previous research has shown that naps of under 30 minutes make you more focused, productive, and... More »

World's Happiest Country Is No Longer Denmark

Congrats, Norway

(Newser) - The Danes are no longer residents of the happiest nation. The latest World Happiness Report gives the new No. 1 ranking to Norway, thanks to factors including a sense of community, low unemployment, low income inequality, and a per-person annual income of $100,000, reports USA Today . The latter figure,... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

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