USE FLOURISHING

Dr. Ed Diener and Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener offer the mental health community their FLOURISHING scale. It is a simple, eight item likkert-rating scale. There is no reversed-scored item in Ed’s work, and all thanks to him for that. The scale … Read More

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CAN SELF HELP REALLY HELP?

Automatic happiness? Sounds like a science fiction story about cheery robots. But that’s our topic for today. It turns out that online help automates mental health. How can that be bad? Well, only research can tell us how good or … Read More

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TRACKING DEPRESSION AND INFLAMMATION

Dr. Ed Suarez at Duke has published another study on c-reactive protein and depression. You can read the announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/LynnJ-creactiveproteinstudy For years now we have been learning how depression appears to have a large component of inflammation. Dr Charles … Read More

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WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE?

TEACHING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY As I study positive psychology, I feel more and more interest in teaching and sharing. I am happier; I want others to be happier. One of the best ways to improve happiness is to look at specific … Read More

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MATCHING TO SAMPLE

In a recent review, Ed Diener and Micaela Chan (2011)* reported that people in the top range of happiness – that is, the top 25% or so – live longer, and by around four to ten years. That means, that … Read More

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HAPPINESS AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

A rock hit my windshield. It left two little chips with cracks radiating like spider legs, and I thought, “This time I am not going to ignore this.” The last time cost me a couple of hundred dollars. One day … Read More

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