Sometimes a smile could backfire and make a person feel worse, suggests a new study showing that people who grin a lot even though they are feeling down may see a dip in well-being.
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By studying how people respond to recent events in their lives, researchers have developed a mathematical formula that can predict individuals' happiness.
A new study found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance is from Denmark, the lower its reported wellbeing is.
Human beings may have dozens of universal emotions that are recognized across cultures, new research suggests.
Out of nearly 200 U.S. metro areas, Provo-Orem, Utah, is the country's top community for well-being, according to the results of a Gallup-Healthways survey conducted in 2012 and 2013.
A new Gallup-Healthways survey ranks nearly 200 U.S. metro areas by their level of well-being in 2012 and 2013.
Contrary to popular Western opinion, happiness is not an unmitigated good. Many cultures see happiness and joy as something to be avoided, recent research finds.
Measuring happiness is tricky, given differing definitions across time and culture. Here are some of the odd ways people have tried to quantify joy.
Today (March 20) is the International Day of Happiness, a day of happiness celebration and awareness. But what does happiness mean? Read on for some of the stranger ways to measure happiness.
A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life.
Being healthy can make a person happy, but happiness itself may also lead to better health, according to a new study.
Whether or not couples have children doesn't seem to make a dent in whether they are satisfied with their lives, new research suggests.
Where do you think the United States falls on the world happiness report? Canada? Denmark? You may be surprised.
Can you guess where the United States falls on the list of happiest countries? What about Canada? Denmark? Read on.