Long hours on the job can temporarily ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety. But you’re better off leaving the office and facing your feelings head-on.
Feeling conflicted can be even more distressing than feeling bad. Here’s how to manage it.
In the early days of the pandemic, many of us got used to solitude. It’s a habit we need to break.
Presents are generally terrible, but they can still bring you joy.
Three steps to get over your ex
Why we binge as a way of celebrating.
One of the most straightforward paths to happiness at work is to fight against the scourge of time-consuming, unproductive meetings at every opportunity.
The happiness we seek can require investing earlier than we think—and may help us align our expectations and reality at the end of life.
Approach disagreements with your partner not as a “me,” but as a “we.”
When parents avoid the complexities of independent decision making, they may fail to understand where analysis remains crucial.
Fighting over the facts is unlikely to convince anyone.
Subtraction can be an overlooked solution in a culture of accumulation. But having less can create the space we didn’t know we needed.
Even if you’re not religious
We use our time to race against the clock of productivity—which may be the one thing that holds us back from enjoying the free time we crave.
Eradicating this ugly emotion entirely would be impossible, but we can stop fueling it with our behavior.
Tech may not be responsible for all the woes of modern love and human connection—but it may reflect our innate desire to find simple solutions to complex problems.
Many people chase achievement, assuming it will lead to well-being. They should reverse that order of operations.
When addictive behaviors override our desires, it may be a sign to investigate the gap between what we crave and what’s really good for us.
Our instincts often steer us to love things and use people. We need to do the opposite.
But it’s all in how you use it.
The building blocks for realigning expectations and reality in happiness
Thinking of yourself as an observer is better for your happiness than obsessing over being observed.
The Roman philosopher Seneca’s essay “On a Happy Life” is full of lessons that are as pertinent today as they were two millennia ago.
Feeling others’ pain can make everyone less happy if you don’t learn to tolerate it.
Scaring children won’t keep them safe. Instead, help them see the good in the world.
Mental and physical pain share neurological roots. A simple painkiller can help with both.
Sharing hard truths might be uncomfortable, but it’s a surer route to happiness than hiding them.
Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety.
Absolute idleness is both harder and more rewarding than it seems.
A financial downturn doesn’t have to cause an emotional one.
A good life isn’t just about getting the details right. Here are some truths that transcend circumstance and time.
Videochatting may be convenient, but it will never make us as happy as real human interaction.
To get happier, be brave, not reckless.
Instead, befriend people who inspire awe in you.
Focus on the long term. Don’t try to replace your ex. Plus three more cures for unhealthy romantic habits.
Rewriting the stories you tell about yourself can make for a better future.
Swearing can make you happier, as long as you do it for the right reasons.
No one’s judging you as harshly as you judge yourself.
Middle age is an opportunity to find transcendence.
Facing the painful parts of life head-on is the only way to feel at home with yourself.
Imperfect people can still enjoy a satisfying and healthy bond.
Ken Burns grades the Founding Father’s pursuit of a good life.
If you can prevent your emotions from taking over in the face of stress, you can avoid a lot of regret and set a good example for others.
For when you need advice that goes beyond “Be Danish”
The most trivial things can build the strongest relationships.
Stop wielding your values as a weapon and start offering them as a gift.
If you make happiness your primary goal, you might miss out on the challenges that give life meaning.
Pleasure is addictive and animal; enjoyment is elective and human.
Online jerks and offline jerks are largely one and the same. Here’s how to keep them from affecting your happiness.
Doing so may feel painful, but it’s one of the best investments you will ever make.
America needs more than innovation; it needs wisdom.
Achieving a goal and achieving happiness are two entirely different things.
Your well-being is like a retirement account: The sooner you invest, the greater your returns will be.
If you’re looking for romance, stop focusing on what you and your date have in common.
If you never pine for a different past, you’ll stay trapped in a cycle of mistakes.
Just like exercise and sleep, engaging with the arts is a necessity for a full and happy life.
Modern cynicism traps you in an unhappy cycle. The original version will set you free.
Sometimes you just can’t win. Make the most of it.
Guilt, fear, and low self-esteem can stop you from living by your own wisdom. Here’s how to overcome them.
You can find deep, lasting happiness in a good deed that no one knows you did.