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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British Airways’ ‘happiness blanket’ displays your mood as you fly

If  you are flying British Airways, the in-flight entertainment may soon be you. That’s because people will be able to read your mood just by looking at your blanket — a “Happiness Blanket” supplied by the airline. The airline began testing the blanket last week on seven volunteers flying from Heathrow to New York. What does the […]

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Japan to send experts to Bhutan to bolster Gross National Happiness

Japan is sending a team of experts to Bhutan to assist the remote Himalayan kingdom in measuring its Gross National Happiness. Bhutan has long been famed for its unusual policies of focusing on the nation’s well-being via its happiness levels as opposed to more conventional gross domestic product. The kingdom’s government, based in Thimphu, is […]

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10 life lessons from a Navy SEAL

Naval Adm. William H. McRaven returned to his alma mater, University of Texas at Austin, recently to speak to the graduating class about the lessons he learned from his basic SEAL training.

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How much does college really help your earnings?

The pay of people with a four-year college degree has risen compared to that of those with a high school degree, but no college credit.

The art world tells us much about the value of wealth

There are only so many people out there willing to pay top coin for art, and only a handful of artists deserving of that scratch. What is interesting is that there isn’t a hue and cry about how “unfair” this is. Art, after all, is an egalitarian pursuit. There is no barrier to entry for an […]

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How Pharrell Williams captured the essence of happiness

It took the producer-turned-singer 10 attempts before he struck gold with the universally loved single Happy. Music experts weigh in on just why the song brings such joy.

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Why fundraising is fun

Once, I asked a class full of aspiring social entrepreneurs — all with business plans and ambitions to start nonprofits — how many of them were looking forward to fund-raising. Exactly zero hands went up. The consensus was that raising money might be a necessary evil, but it was a distraction from a social enterprise’s […]

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Charles Murray: Advice for a happy life

A few years ago, I took it upon myself to start writing tips for the young staff where I work about how to avoid doing things that would make their supervisors write them off.  Eventually, I found myself getting into the deeper waters of how to go about living a good life.

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Why the world needs a happiness campaign to live better

I’ve found in my career coaching and success training work that while clients come to me for better careers, what they REALLY want is happier lives. That’s what millions of us around the world are striving for – living more joyfully, peacefully, and committedly.

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The two words that will lead you to success and happiness

Here’s the quick and dirty: The word “yes” leads to happiness. The word “no” leads to success. Here’s why.

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This is the face of world happiness — and she would like to sit in your lap

What does happiness look like? It looks like Macy, a 4-year-old pit bull in California, and five other faces that have been chosen to represent the International Day of Happiness.

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Top 10 happiest states: Did yours make the list?

How content are the residents of your state? And what about their mental and physical health, how do they rate their communities in terms of those important measures?

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Study: People who believe in Heaven happier with their lives

EUGENE, Ore. – A new study reveals that people who believe in Heaven are happier with their lives, reports CBS Seattle. Researchers from the University of Oregon and Simon Fraser University conducted three studies into the beliefs of Heaven and Hell. They used data from the Gallup World Poll, the World Values Survey and the European Values Survey.

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The clearest sign that you are not ready for more career happiness

There’s a red warning flag that pops up immediately in my conversations with professionals wanting more, and this warning sign signifies when individuals are simply not ready to create something better, and, despite all their valiant efforts, will struggle and ultimately fail at bringing about what they want. What is this warning sign?

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Denise Dunning unlocks girl power through Let Girls Lead

To help girls stay in school, women and girls in Malawi are taking a stand against child marriages. So far they have persuaded leaders in 22 villages to penalize men who try to marry a woman under age 21. One possible penalty? Taking away some of the man’s goats or chickens.

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Lisa Fitzpatrick dropped everything and started a New Orleans youth center

A group of bright red tricycles is put away each evening. But then, mysteriously, they reappear the next morning in a cluster tucked into the corner of the playground. The culprits are not children but young men, nearly 20 years old, who can often be seen having the time of their lives.

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The 10 happiest (and unhappiest) cities for workers

Employees looking for a little more cheer in their lives should consider moving to the U.S. West Coast, new research shows. California is home to three of the 10 happiest cities to work in, including San Jose, which tops the list. San Francisco and San Diego were also among the 10 cheeriest cities for employees.

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Vivienne Harr’s lemonade stand story a movie

When Eric Harr was a kid, he made $9 one day from selling lemonade. He thought that was totally cool. Thirty years later, his daughter Vivienne set up a lemonade stand in Fairfax and did considerably better. Over 173 consecutive days, she took in $101,320.

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Happiness is overrated: It’s better to be right, study finds

It is better to be right than to be happy – at least for one husband on the cutting edge of science. As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so even if he believed his wife was wrong.

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High flyer

To enter the Alice in Wonderland-like existence of Audette Exel, you could do worse than go down the rabbit hole and poke your head up into the ancient former kingdom of Nepal. Weddings are erupting around the capital, Kathmandu, with flourishes of trumpets and beating drums. Cows amble across the street amid dust storms and endless traffic jams.

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Can we make ourselves happier?

Can we make ourselves happier? According to studies from all over the globe collated by the World Happiness Database in Rotterdam, we can. But the path to happiness may not be where we are looking for it.

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Raising money for food banks: Carolee Hazard

“Am feeling both good and a little stupid.” This is the comment Carolee Hazard posted on Facebook after a woman ahead of her in the grocery line said she’d lost her wallet. The woman was so upset that Hazard paid her $207 grocery bill “and just asked her to send me a check,” Hazard says.

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The hidden side of happiness

Hurricanes, house fires, cancer, white-water rafting accidents, plane crashes, vicious attacks in dark alleyways. Nobody asks for any of it. But to their surprise, many people find that enduring such a harrowing ordeal ultimately changes them for the better.

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