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  1. Denmark Listed as Happiest Place on Earth (HuffingtonPost.com)
      Describes why Denmark may the the happiest place to live.

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  1. -Study: How Do People Age Well? (Science Matters Bookclub)
      " 'We all need models for how to live from retirement to past 80--with joy,' writes George Vaillant, M.D., director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. This groundbreaking book pulls together data from three separate longevity studies that, beginning in their teens, followed 824 individuals for more than 50 years. The subjects were male Harvard graduates; inner-city, disadvantaged males; and intellectually gifted women."

      "We also learn what makes old age vital and interesting. Vaillant discusses the important adult developmental tasks, such as identity, intimacy, and generativity (giving to the next generation), and provides important clues to a healthy, meaningful, satisfying old age. Health in old age, we learn, is not predicted by low cholesterol or ancestral longevity, but by factors such as a stable marriage, adaptive coping style (the ability to make lemonade out of life's lemons), and regular exercise." 11-12

  2. Findings on Real Happiness and Health (The Atlantic)
      "This study underlines the divide between what we may think makes us happy and what actually makes us happy - and, by extension, healthy. By getting in touch with your values and finding ways to give back, you might, unwittingly, be serving yourself. Doing things that just make you feel good won't cut it. 'If you are living a full life,' says Deci, 'you will experience a lot of positive affect [emotions]. If you want to know something about living a meaningful life, just looking at subjective well-being is not enough.' In other words, finding activities that have intrinsic value, and being a part of them - by doing work you believe in, volunteering, or helping out your community in other ways - is probably much more beneficial."

      "In the end, the relationship between happiness and health is not simple, and there's a lot we don't know. It's beyond the scope of this article, but we're also learning that happiness, or more specifically, having a sense of purpose in life, is linked not only to physical health, but also to brain health." 05-12

  3. Health and Happiness After 70 (Guardian Unlimited - Hill)
      Describes the results of a study on happiness and age. The surprising result was that persons over 70 are the happiest. 11-01

  4. Our Happiness "Set Point" (U.S. News)
      "Is lasting happiness attainable or a pipe dream? For the past 18 years, University of California-Riverside professor of psychology Sonja Lyubomirsky has studied this question, and what she reports might even sway pessimists. In an interview with U.S. News, she says that it's quite possible to stretch the limits of our pre-programmed temperaments. And in a new book in stores this month, The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want, she demonstrates how to do it--without medication. " 01-08

  5. Stress Managment Is a Key to Happiness (Time.com)
      "A recent survey by Harvard professor Robert Epstein found that 25% of our happiness hinges on how well we're able to manage stress. The next logical question is, of course, how best can we reduce our stress?"

      "The stress management technique that worked best, according to the survey: planning. In other words, 'fighting stress before it even starts, planning things rather than letting them happen' says Epstein. 'That means planning your day, your year and your life so that stress is minimized.' " 05-11

  6. Study: What Causes Happiness (Time.com)
      "What happens when you look at the happiest people and scientifically analyze what they have in common? Researchers did just that." 03-14

  7. Ten Ways to Improve Happiness (CNN News)
      "I decided on the spot to begin a systematic study of happiness."

      "In the end, I spent a year test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies, and tips from popular culture." 08-09

  8. The "Secret" to Success (ABC News)
      "The secret, says author Bob Proctor in the film, 'is the law of attraction. Everything that's coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it's attracted to you by virtue of the images you're holding in your mind.' " 11-06

  9. Twenty Ways to Improve Happiness (Time.com)
      "Happiness is difficult to define and even harder to measure. We experience it as a combination of elements, in the same way that one wheel or spring inside a watch doesn't keep time it is a result of the synchronicity of the whole. As a relative state, happiness is what psychologists call our 'subjective well-being' and, fortunately for us, it is a state that we can actively change for the better. Here are 20 ways to start." 08-09


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