However, while the authors avoid taking a stand in this book on the impact of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, and only acknowledge that it is a point for controversy, Maggie Gallagher has been quite outspoken against it. Prejudice aside, the work is still quite good and a basic reference in this area.
Getty It's easy to think of happiness as a result, but happiness is also a driver. While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve personal productivity whether a one-day burstor a lifetimeor things you should not do every dayprobably the best way to be more productive is to just be happier.
Happy people accomplish more. Easier said than done though, right? Actually, many changes are easy. Here are 10 science-based ways to be happier from Belle Beth Cooper, Content Crafter at Bufferthe social media management tool that lets you schedule, automate, and analyze social media updates.
That's a workout any of us can fit into our schedules. Exercise has such a profound effect on our happiness and well-being that it is an effective strategy for overcoming depression. In a study cited in Shawn Achor's book The Happiness Advantagethree groups of patients treated their depression with medication, exercise, or a combination of the two.
The results of this study are surprising: Although all three groups experienced similar improvements in their happiness levels early on, the follow-up assessments proved to be radically different: The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate.
Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression. Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate.
The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group: Their relapse rate was only 9 percent. You don't have to be depressed to benefit from exercise, though.
Exercise can help you relax, increase your brain power, and even improve your body image, even if you don't lose any weight. We've explored exercise in depth beforeand looked at what it does to our brains, such as releasing proteins and endorphins that make us feel happier.
A study in the Journal of Health Psychology found that people who exercised felt better about their bodies even when they saw no physical changes: Over both conditions, body weight and shape did not change.
Various aspects of body image, however, improved after exercise compared to before. Even if your actual appearance doesn't change, how you feel about your body does change. You'll Be Less Sensitive to Negative Emotions We know that sleep helps our body recover from the day and repair itself and that it helps us focus and be more productive.
It turns out sleep is also important for happiness. Negative stimuli get processed by the amygdala; positive or neutral memories gets processed by the hippocampus.
Sleep deprivation hits the hippocampus harder than the amygdala. The result is that sleep-deprived people fail to recall pleasant memories yet recall gloomy memories just fine. In one experiment by Walker, sleep-deprived college students tried to memorize a list of words.
Using a facial recognition task throughout the course of a day, researchers studied how sensitive participants were to positive and negative emotions. Those who worked through the afternoon without taking a nap became more sensitive to negative emotions like fear and anger.
Using a face recognition task, here we demonstrate an amplified reactivity to anger and fear emotions across the day, without sleep.
However, an intervening nap blocked and even reversed this negative emotional reactivity to anger and fear while conversely enhancing ratings of positive happy expressions.
Of course, how well and how long you sleep will probably affect how you feel when you wake up, which can make a difference to your whole day.
Another study tested how employees' moods when they started work in the morning affected their entire work day. Researchers found that employees' moods when they clocked in tended to affect how they felt the rest of the day. Early mood was linked to their perceptions of customers and to how they reacted to customers' moods.Money can help you find more happiness, so long as you know just what you can and can’t expect from it.
And no, you don’t have to buy a Lexus to be happy. You’ll be much more satisfied if you have an income of $50, in a country where the median income is $25,, than if you have the same income in a country where the median income is $, Jul 30, · I assume all businesses want happy employees.
More important to most businesses, unfortunately, is they would rather have larger profits. What if . Money makes you happy - but only if you have lots more than your friends and neighbours. A new study by Joe Gladstone at University of Cambridge finds a surprising link between bank balances and happiness.
Having more cash on hand, the study says, leads to more happiness. The bottom line: When you don’t have much money, a little extra can go a long way, because you have more essential needs to fulfill.
As you accumulate more wealth, however, it becomes more.