The Meaning of Happiness Explored on Sounds Good

Sep 20, 2017
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    Tracy Ross and MSU Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Michael Bordieri, continue their biweekly discussions on Sounds Good with an examination of the meaning of happiness. Together, they explore the psychology behind what it means to be happy and how you might improve upon and increase your own happiness. 

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The state of Kentucky ranks number 44 on a new Happiness survey conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub.

Money can't buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it.

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery delivery, it can make them feel a little happier. By comparison, money spent on material purchases — aka things — does not boost positive emotions the way we might expect.

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The data is growing suggesting that finding meaning and value in life can be central to psychological wellbeing, says Dr. Michael Bordieri, Murray State University Assistant Professor of Psychology. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the field's new focus from pathology to positives, the challenge clinicians have of going beyond happiness and how Viktor Frankl pioneered this method of psychological thought.

Kentucky, Tennessee Rank Among Unhappiest States

Sep 24, 2014

A new study finds Kentucky and Tennessee as two of the unhappiest states in the country.

From NPR: As the U.S. considers tabulating a happiness index, some wonder about the “squishiness” of happiness data.