A scientific study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. Good news, from the Washington Post. (Photo © Maksim Bukovski – Fotolia.com)
Do you know how to be happy? Or are you waiting for happiness to find you? Despite what the fairy tales depict, happiness doesn’t appear by magic. It’s not even something that happens to you. It’s something you can cultivate, says this article from the Mayo Clinic. (Photo © Maksim Bukovski – Fotolia.com)
This was a question filmmaker Daniel Karslake asked after learning that a person dies every three seconds as a result of living in extreme poverty. The film he made as a result, Every Three Seconds, tells the story of five ordinary people who are making a real difference–and how everyone can do something. (Photo: Creativist Collective/Claire Evans, Creative Commons. Thanks!)
Sure, it’s not the first time you’ve heard the message that money, sex and power can’t make us happy, but here it comes from Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, in a New York Times op-ed piece. Interesting reading. (Photo by Chris Lott, used by Creative Commons license)
Getting things like a new car or 60-inch flat-screen are goals many of us work toward. Unfortunately, these pursuits have the opposite effect we intend: Instead of making us happier, getting more stuff drags us down, researchers have found. Time magazine reports. (Photo by ClerkBase, used by Creative Commons license.)
Lectionary Reflection, 18th Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2010
Does money equate to happiness? According to the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the answer is yes…to a point. The Christian, however, may want approach this equation from a somewhat different perspective. (Photo by Aart van Bezooyen used under a Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
Today our blogger climbs on the treadmill of happiness to see what connection she can find between money and happiness. Thanks to the work of Gretchen Rubin and The Happiness Project, she discovers how the connection works.