The Beauty-Happiness Connection

Over at The Atlantic, Cody C. Delistrady is examining the connection between happiness and beauty: But what about beauty links it to happiness? In The Architecture of Happiness, Alain de Botton weighs the feeling of walking into an “ugly” McDonalds in the Westminster area of London compared to the feeling of entering the “beautiful” Westminster Cathedral across [Read More…]

What Happy People Do

I know happiness itself is a much-debated topic in Christian circles (should we seek happiness or joy? and so on). But I did find this article on “seven habits of incredibly happy people” very interesting: 5. Embrace Discomfort for Mastery Happy people generally have something known as a “signature strength” — At least one thing [Read More…]

Money and Happiness: Surprising Connections

Does money buy happiness? If you’re like me, you feel moral compulsion to say “No, money does not buy happiness.” Yet, if you’re like me, you secretly believe that there is some kind of connection between financial resources and emotional well-being. You can remember times when you spent money and the result was happiness.  But [Read More…]

Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day

Part 9 of series: Thanksgiving: Not Just a Day, But a Season Do You Want a Happy Thanksgiving? A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day Do you want a happy Thanksgiving? According to John Tierney, writing for the New York Times, “A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day.” And more than just the [Read More…]