Why do regrets over lost love often stop us being happy – and how can we move forward?

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, but we shouldn't let it take over our lives.

Rafael Euba, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~11 min

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Six ways to 'reboot your brain' after a hard year of COVID-19 – according to science

The brain is surprisingly changeable.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence , Fudan University • conversation
Dec. 31, 2020 ~8 min

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How to set good New Year’s resolutions for 2021

An expert on motivation has advice for creating New Year's resolutions for 2021. For starters, consider others.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Dec. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Comparison is key to money’s link to happiness

New findings challenge the idea that relationships and experiences are more important for happiness than money.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale • futurity
Nov. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Why our obsession with happy endings can lead to bad decisions

Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote 'all's well that ends well'.

Martin D. Vestergaard, Computational Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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An optimistic outlook may be a healthier one

A Harvard Chan School study has found a link between optimism and hypertension, describing the positive force as having a “protective effect” on individuals, including those in combat.

Amy Roeder • harvard
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

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For a happy life, don’t forget hedonism

When it comes to living a happy life, a bit of hedonism may be just as important as keeping your eyes on your goals, researchers say.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

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Marriage isn’t a ticket to happiness

Finding happiness "may be less about the marriage and more about the mindset," according to research with older adults.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Happy with your neighborhood? It’s ‘all in your head’

"Contrary to what many would think, characteristics of your neighborhood have little to do with how satisfied you are with it."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~5 min

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