Could the smiles in women’s graduation photos predict anything about their lives decades later?

By | 2017-02-11T14:47:28+00:00 February 11th, 2017|Categories: Personal Success, Relationships|Tags: , , , |

50 years of monitoring 110 women from Mills College showed that:

“The warmer the woman’s smile, 20 and 30 years later she was feeling more accomplished in her goals, she was handling stress better, she was getting along better with other people, and she was more happily married.”

“Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life” by Dacher Keltner

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Metaphors helps you reduce your negative emotions

By | 2017-02-02T15:57:43+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success|Tags: , , , |

Fifty participants spent 5 minutes each day for a week to write about their negative emotions. They wrote either literal words such as, “I felt anxious or confused,” or they used metaphorical words such as, “I felt like a leaf in the wind.”

Only the participants who wrote metaphors decreased their depression and negative emotion ratings.

They also found that metaphors can affect a feeling. For example, people rated neutral words as more pleasant when they were printed in a white font rather than a black one. We can connect it with “light” which we associate metaphorically with “good.”

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Fetterman, A., Bair, J., Werth, M., Landkammer, F., & Robinson, M. (2015). The Scope and Consequences of Metaphoric Thinking: Using Individual Differences in Metaphor Usage to Understand How Metaphor Functions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

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Our happiness with our salary depends on how much people similar to us earn.

By | 2017-02-02T09:44:22+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: Interesting Facts, Personal Success|Tags: , |

However, it depended also on how much people earned for doing jobs different from theirs. It doesn’t depend if in the same or at another company.
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Sweeney, P.D. & McFarlin, D.B. (2005). Wage comparisons similar and dissimilar to others. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 78, 113-133.

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Research Showed It’s Better to Have Two Passions (Hobbies) in Life Than One

By | 2017-01-04T13:55:52+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Categories: Healthy|Tags: , , |

Researchers surveyed 1,218 undergrads about their most favorite activity and their second favorite.

The researchers found that having two passions is better than having one. By this you enhance happiness, well being, and positive moods. You can even separate the same period of time into two passions instead of one. It still increases your happiness and well-being.

Bear in mind that we don’t know if happier people are more likely to have multiple passions. Maybe many passions cause extra happiness.
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Life Is Better and Happier For People Who Believe Willpower Is Unlimited

By | 2017-02-01T13:01:15+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Healthy, Personal Success|Tags: , |

This is because they are better able to cope when life gets more difficult.

This experiment focused on people who joined online groups. Those who were strong willed scored their life as happier than those who were not.

People who are strong willed also score higher in exams than those who are not.


Bernecker, K.; Herrmann, M.; Brandstätter, V.; and Job, V. (2015). Implicit theories about willpower predict subjective well-being Journal of Personality DOI: 10.1111/jopy.12225

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Research states that people who dance often, stay happy often.

By | 2016-12-30T08:11:00+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Categories: Interesting Facts|Tags: , |

The study also reveals the effects of musical moments on human emotions. Moving each organ has a different effect on those who watch. While dancing, hand movement is different to that of legs.

Clips, where dancers raise legs up to 90 degrees, generates more emotions among watchers. The same like rounded dance movements, rather than edgy ones, made watchers happier. In simple words, dance has a deep connection with our feelings and sensation.

A to C rounded dance movements, contrasted with non-round movements D to F. Image from Christensen et al 2016

 

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