happiness


‘You can’t be happier than your wife’

Carolyn Moynihan | 24 May 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: divorce, happiness
Happiness studies -- you can’t get away from them, and marital happiness studies seem to be the flavour of the month. The latest shows that a certain kind of happiness gap between spouses increases the likelihood of divorce.


Prisoners of the pill

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 May 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: contraception, happiness, marriage
Women are losers in the modern sexual relationships market. What will it take for them to break out of this dilemma?


Gross national happiness

Carolyn Moynihan | 29 April 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, environment, happiness
'We’re from the government and we are here to make you happier.' Really?


Having babies protects women from suicide

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 March 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, motherhood, suicide
One of the topics that came up at the Barcelona conference on low fertility was the question of whether parenthood brings happiness to adults; the evidence so far seems uncertain. This week, however, there is solid evidence reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in favour of motherhood, if not fatherhood.


It’s the simple things in family life that count

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 February 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: fathers, happiness, parenting
It was worth bringing an expert halfway round the world to speak on the subject so perhaps it is worth noting here that spending time with your children is more important than giving them the chance to become a musical prodigy or an Olympic medallist.


Why British children are sad

Joanna Bogle | 16 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Britain, children, happiness
And why 'happiness classes' in schools won't help them cheer up.


Here’s to happy life years

Carolyn Moynihan | 31 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: environment, family values, happiness
Why are Costa Ricans so happy and the world’s women so glum?


Raising kids makes married people happier

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, marriage, parenting
Do your children make you happy? When different researchers ask parents questions like that they tend to get contradictory results. The latest issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies reports on a British study that finds having children does increase the happiness of married couples; in fact the more kids they have, the happier these couples are.


The pursuit of happiness

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: economics, family, happiness, work-life balance
Is it time to shelve materialistic measures of a country’s progress such as gross domestic product and replace them with quality of life indicators like access to healthcare, ecological footprint and work-life balance?


Christmas cheer

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 December 2008 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, happiness
Science confirms that happiness is catching; you never know whom your joy will reach.


Auditing our happiness stocks

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 December 2006 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christmas, happiness
Happy Christmas! And it probably will be despite the shopping and cooking.


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