happiness

  • 7 Colors of Happiness

    When we experience negative emotions—such as those present during periods of anxiety or depression—our brains prompt us to fight, run away, or freeze with fear as if we are confronted by a serious threat. But, despite the sad terrain we sometimes traverse, we are rarely faced with true crises.

    Understanding and embracing the role of emotions in well-being
    By Kai Swigart, PhD, MFT
  • The Role of Gratitude in Relationships

    Every year on my birthday, Ryan sends me off for an incredibly cherished visit to a fabulous local spa for the day. It’s one of my favorite traditions. I get a day to feel pampered and have the cares of the world massaged away … at least momentarily. All I have to do is lie back, relax, and say thankful prayers for being so lucky.

    By Trista Sutter
  • Optimize Your Well-being

    Tai Ben-Shahar, positive psychology expert and author of Choose the Life You Want: 101 Ways to Create Your Own Road to Happiness, shows how choosing correctly in the countless small choices we make every day almost without noticing has a direct, long-lasting effect on our happiness.

  • Beat Golden-Year Blues

    In the last 20 years, the average life expectancy has increased 12 percent, but for our parents and grandparents living in nursing homes, a longer life may not mean a happier one. According to a recent study, one-third of nursing-home residents (median age of 82) suffer from depression. The good news: The fix may be as simple as supplementing with selenium.

    By Kristin Bjornsen