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People Mean Most for Our Collective Happiness

IOANA ON, Swedish soccer star Zlatan is associated with happiness, but not iPhones. A new study at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Lund University suggests that our collective picture of what makes us happy is more about relationships, and less about things. News articles published online by Swedish dailies during 2010 were analyzed [...]

No Singular Revelation

In early 2014, a Sydneysider was filmed racially abusing a young Asian woman on the train, shouting racist insults and loudly mimicking her accent. She then verbally attacked an Anglo-Australian man she presumed to be the woman’s partner. While the community response to the changes to section 18C, and the widespread public condemnation of attacks [...]

Racial empathy gap: People don’t perceive pain in other races

For many people, race does matter, even if they don’t know it. They feel more empathy when they see white skin pierced than black. This is known as the racial empathy gap. To study it, researchers at the University of Milano-Bicocca showed participants all of whom were white video clips of a needle or an [...]

6 scientific insights into increasing happiness

1. Surround yourself with happy people Or surround yourself with people who surround themselves with happy people. A longitudinal investigationconducted over 20 years in collaboration with the Framingham Heart Study revealed that shifts in individual happiness can cascade through social networks like an emotional contagion (The researchers don't mean Facebook, btw, but physical, old-school networks — like live-in [...]

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