Emiliana Simon-Thomas

The Science of Holiday Happiness: Why Gratitude Really is Good for You

Yea, verily, there is much to inspire gratitude on this holiday centered on a gallinaceous bird with alarmingly hypertrophied breasts. At no time in the course of human history have so many had so much, and our overextended credit accounts prove it.  Seriously, though: The great majority of us have enough to eat, roofs over our heads, clothes on our backs, even a surfeit of non-essential goods such as iPhones, electric toothbrushes and flat-screen TVs.

Happiness Isn’t Just a Warm Puppy—UC Berkeley is First to Make it an Online Course

Happiness: So fervently sought, so elusive. But just what the hell is it? Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz expressed his take in 1962 with his book Happiness is a Warm Puppy. That declaration gained a lot of pop (and pup) cultural traction, but it hardly told the whole story. Turns out the nitty-gritty of happiness isn’t quite so simple.

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