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.
You’ll enjoy the season more if you lower your expectations.
We asked. Here’s what you told us.
Putting things off can improve your performance—if you do it right.
Once you’ve met your most basic needs, an obsession with your bank account might be hiding deeper anxieties.
Adjusting your attitude is easier than you think.
Even if you think you have little to celebrate this year, you can—and should—practice gratitude.
Arthur C. Brooks and Lori Gottlieb discuss the importance of fun, the cultural distortion of emotions as “good” or “bad,” and how envy points you in the direction of your deepest desires.
Real happiness starts with telling yourself the truth, even when it hurts.
Our fears about what other people think of us are overblown and rarely worth fretting over.
Arthur C. Brooks and BJ Miller, a palliative-care physician, explore the difference between “necessary” and “unnecessary” suffering, and the paradoxical realities of human joy.
Chasing the sun usually isn’t worth it. Learn to like the climate you’ve got instead.
Arthur Brooks and Jenn Lim, the CEO of Delivering Happiness, analyze the barriers to feeling that your work serves a higher purpose.
Hiding your feelings can be freeing. But eventually you have to take off the mask.
Arthur Brooks and the Harvard psychology professor Dr. Ellen Langer discuss the importance of curiosity and living in the moment—and how an illusion of stability may be holding you back from exactly that.
You can make your quest for meaning manageable by breaking it down into three bite-size dimensions.
Arthur Brooks and Dr. Shefali, a clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert, discuss the definition and dangers of self-objectification—and what it really means to be yourself.
Even if you have no interest in being a pop star or the president, beware the siren song of prestige.
Dr. Vivek Murthy and Arthur Brooks discuss loneliness—what it feels like, how difficult it is to identify, and the remedies to alleviate its impact on our daily lives.
You can forge a happier relationship with your devices by using them more mindfully.
Manage your feelings so they don’t manage you.
Reducing yourself to any single characteristic, whether it be your title or your job performance, is a deeply damaging act.
For starters, hope is better.
What I learned about transcendence from a very boring 100-mile trek
Love isn’t destiny. That’s what makes it so sweet.
Your job doesn’t have to represent the most prestigious use of your potential. It just needs to be rewarding.
Loneliness is a far bigger problem than a distaste for hard work.
Accepting an apology or brushing off a slight can benefit the offender and the offended alike—but only if you really commit to it.
A little laugh goes a long way.
A pandemic puppy can increase your well-being—if you choose one for the right reasons.
The act of migration involves taking risks in pursuit of a meaningful reward and having faith in the future. Everyone should try to live more like that.
Feelings are contagious—but you can help your loved ones when they’re sad without sacrificing your own good mood.
Well-being is far from universal. Here are four models to help you understand the world—and your own mind.
Individualism is about having the freedom to be who you are—not going it alone.
Having pride in your country can lead to greater well-being, but only if you do it right.