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Happy Birthday, George Lucas! 7 Great Quotes From the Great Innovator

George Lucas, the film innovator, auteur, and genius behind “Star Wars,” turned 72 on Saturday, May 14. In honor of his birthday, here are seven inspiring quotes of his on innovation, technology, and America. 1) If America is the pursuit of happiness, the best way to pursue happiness is to help other people. Because there’s nothing else […]

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Why Western Civilization Classes Are Not Passé

Can you answer the following questions? Who fought in the Peloponnesian War? Who taught Plato, and whom did Plato teach? Who was Saul of Tarsus? Why does the Magna Carta matter? What are one or two of the arguments made in Federalist 10? Hard questions, right? Maybe not. Maybe you learned some or all of […]

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Our Dangerous Reality: There Are All Sorts of Threats America Must Prepare For

With the terrorist attacks in Paris, France and San Bernardino, California, Americans are increasingly concerned about the safety of their communities. Daily media reports about the spread of the Islamic State group, its infiltration of the refugees streaming out of the Middle East and its savvy social media efforts to radicalize Muslims across the globe […]

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Book Review: The Conservative Heart

By Robert M. Whaples, Wake Forest University Although Arthur Brooks’ book is titled The Conservative Heart, it might just as aptly have been titled The Libertarian Heart, and perhaps even The Liberal/Progressive Heart. Its goal is to share a compassionate world view, findings from social science research and practical advice to build a broad coalition for […]

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Why Ministers for Happiness, Tolerance, Youth and the Future?

Over the past two weeks, I have heard and read many questions, comments, and news stories regarding recent changes to the government of the United Arab Emirates. Why, everyone seems to want to know, did we establish a Ministry of Happiness, Tolerance, and the Future, and why did we appoint a 22-year-old Minister of Youth? […]

Things Science Says Will Make You Much Happier

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with happiness. After all, the “pursuit of happiness” is even enshrined in the  Declaration of Independence. But happiness is fleeting. How can we find it  and keep it alive? Psychologists at the University of California have discovered some  fascinating things about happiness that could change your life. Dr. Sonja […]

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Narcissism is Increasing. So You’re Not So Special

My teenage son recently informed me that there is an Internet quiz to test oneself for narcissism. His friend had just taken it. “How did it turn out?” I asked. “He says he did great!” my son responded. “He got the maximum score!” When I was a child, no one outside the mental health profession […]

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What People Around the World Mean When They Say They’re Happy

Even though she is still healthy and lively, Mrs. Xie has already prepared the clothes she will be buried in. An 86-year-old Chinese woman who lives in Dongshan, a city on China’s southeastern coast, Xie has an active life, cooking for friends at the local Buddhist temple and joining in the chants there. Yet she has […]

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The Economics of Homelessness

Turns out the 2008 recession didn’t increase the number of homeless while at the same time the number of sheltered homeless didn’t expand during or since the recession. Nonetheless, the renewed effort since 2007 to count the number of homeless has ushered in a lot of politics into the issue of homelessness, a number that has not […]

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Science Behind the Factoid: Lottery Winners Are No Happier Than Quadriplegics

Here’s a frequently repeated, counterintuitive factoid: people who win large sums in the lottery are no happier, over time, than people who become paralyzed in traumatic accidents. This “fact” comes from Brickman et al’s 1978 paper called Lottery Winners and Accident Victims: Is Happiness Relative? The researchers interviewed 22 major lottery winners, 22 randomly selected […]

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Maryland to Mail Free Books Each Month to Baltimore’s Children

Not your typical government-sponsored program: “The Youth League of Baltimore will help coordinate the effort — dubbed ‘Governor’s Young Readers’ — by identifying local partners to lead fundraising efforts, promote the program and help families sign up for it. The program costs $25 per child, and according to the partnership, the Maryland Department of Human […]

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A winning strategy for 2016? Think positive

Most commentators don’t even seem troubled by the personal insults and relentless pessimism; they just view them as the natural state of politics. Negativity is the only way to win, right? Wrong. There is a better way to compete, a path that is both morally superior and more politically effective in the long run. Instead […]

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Share Happiness With the World

The research is fascinating. The talks are inspiring. But to make a difference, we need to act. Here’s how you can join the community that’s building a happier and more just America: Follow our Facebook page and let us know what you think about our daily examples of attitudes and actions that lead people to happiness. Hear more […]

Capitalism with a conscience

The Dalai Lama came to Washington, D.C. to lecture economists about empathy. What happened next surprised everyone. Read More.

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Social justice requires these four things

Our nation has a great deal of need. It’s made worse by misguided policies and a materialistic culture.

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Does work make us happy or miserable?

Do Americans hate our jobs, or do we actually like to work? The real answer isn’t what the media tells you.

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Is happiness like a treadmill we can’t outrun?

Humans are great at adapting our expectations to our environment. Sometimes that’s a big help. Sometimes it’s a burden.

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The Guardian Happy for Life app interactive dashboard

View up-to-the minute data exploring how the Guardian’s Happy for Life app is helping readers find a little bit of happiness every day. Download the app.

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Capitalism and compassion: Why morality matters in a market economy

n much of the world, including India, the free enterprise system has come to be associated with material greed, or wealth creation for its own sake. AEI President Arthur C. Brooks believes that supporters of the free market system need to develop a new way of addressing the big human questions of our time.

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The 10 happiest jobs that don’t require a college degree

A college degree may up your chances of earning more money, but you don’t necessarily need one to be happy at work. Business Insider teamed up with careers site CareerBliss.com to find the 10 happiest jobs that don’t require a four-year degree. CareerBliss compiled the list using reviews submitted by professionals between October 2013 and October […]

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Happiness by the numbers: 8 stats that could change your life

What do the happiest people have in common? They have a handle on at least of few of these eight instant happiness boosters, some of which may already be elevating your mood. 6 or 7: The hours per day of socializing that leads to the highest levels of happiness People who regularly spend about a […]

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Bono helped kill an industry (and then celebrated)

It was on the day of the largest album launch in history, when the biggest rock band on the planet may have surrendered the music industry to its grave, that U2 frontman Bono declared “music is a sacrament.” The melodies that Plato said give “flight to the imagination” have value, embody values, and transcend value. […]

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How to Be Happier: 3 New Discoveries

Happiness may be as old as the human race. The idea of rigorously studying happiness, however, is far newer. For most of its history, psychology was exclusively concerned with helping those who were struggling. It was a discipline whose main occupation was “spot the loony,” as Martin Seligman, the father of “positive psychology” joked in his […]

NC woman sets sights on delivering happiness

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) — Beatrice Biggs Parker makes wishes come true, but she’s no fairy godmother. She’s just an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things to help bring a moment of happiness into the lives of people she said God puts in her path — people who are seriously ill or near death. Parker lives in […]

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People think experiences bring happiness, still opt for things

You might assume that a new purse, painting or pair of shoes will bring happiness. Although you’d probably get a bigger kick out of attending a play or spending a week in Paris. But people still mostly opt for items over experiences—because the value of items is more easily quantifiable. That’s according to a study […]

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Summer school? Teens trade classes for factory jobs

CARROLLTON, Ga.—Breonna Daniel, a onetime high-school dropout, was smoking pot and “hanging out with the wrong crowd” last year without a hint of concern for her future. This summer, she is among hundreds of teens working on Southwire Co.’s factory line four hours a day, earning above minimum wage and spending eight hours a day […]

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On the road to happiness, a pleasant surprise beats a sure thing

Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents. You turn up, grumbling and prepared to hate every second of it. But […]

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This is the equation for happiness

Researchers at University College London were able to create an equation that could accurately predict the happiness of over 18,000 people, according to a new study. First, the researchers had 26 participants complete decisionmaking tasks in which their choices either led to monetary gains or losses. The researchers used fMRI imaging to measure their brain […]

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In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

VATICAN CITY — Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life: 1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be […]

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Plus-size model who received hate mail calling her a ‘fat cow’ defies the bullies to open her own restaurant

While some models have been known to eat nothing but cotton wool balls, America’s Next Top Model winner Whitney Thompson has always been vocal about her love of food. Now the 26-year-old is going to pass on her passion for delicious dishes by opening her own restaurant with her fiance, Ian Forrester. The pair will serve up meals […]

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