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The Science of Happiness Post 6: From Gratitude to Happiness

Robert Emmons, the world’s leading expert on gratitude and professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, says that “Gratitude has been conceptualized as an emotion, a virtue, a moral sentiment, a motive, a coping response, a skill, and an attitude. It is all of these and more.” He defines gratitude in his article…

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The Science of Happiness Post 3: Social Connections: The Role of Oxytocin and the Vagus Nerve

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship,” says renowned Brené Brown in her 2017 book Rising Strong. And indeed, according to Emiliana Simon-Thomas, research from across the…

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The Science of Happiness Post 2: What Is Happiness and Why Does It Matter

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a positive psychology researcher and world pioneer in the study of happiness, describes happiness in her 2008 book The How of Happiness as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile.” Researchers use the terms subjective well-being, positive affects, and life…

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