In the Happiness Hypothesis, psychologist Jonathan Haidt wrote that long ago he developed a metaphor to help him make sense of his often self-sabotaging behaviors: The image that I came up with for myself, as I marveled at my weakness, was that I was a Rider on the back on an Elephant. I’m holding the […]
For many years, the prevailing theory was that individuals have a genetically determined happiness set point. In other words, scientists believed that each person could temporarily experience more happiness (depending on circumstances, relationships, and life events), but would then slide back to his or her “pre-programmed” set point. In fact, less than two decades ago, […]
Whilst the Beatles sang “Money Can’t Buy Me Love” and that is probably true, it turns out that “Money CAN Buy Happiness”. Scientific research has concluded that it is how you spend your money that can affect your level of happiness, both positively and negatively. To help you spend your money wisely, here are six ways of doing […]
At TEDxCambridge, Michael Norton shares fascinating research on how money can, indeed buy happiness – when you don’t spend it on yourself. Listen to surprising data on the many ways pro-social spending can benefit you, your work, and (of course) other people.