Humans are obsessed with happiness—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to define it. We examine happiness from the perspective of economics, history, and evolutionary psychology to understand how our notion of happiness has changed over time.

Parenthood is the anti-thesis of instant gratification; its rewards are cumulative.

I figured out how to make family life—not work—the centerpiece of my days.

Because unhappiness is valuable, we’re hard wired not to remain too happy for long.

No matter the good fortune we encounter, we return to a base level of happiness.

Silicon Valley’s strivers might find happiness by rethinking their definition of “success.”

Philosophical inquiry is the essence of an executive's job.

Happiness is linked to authentic relationships and meaningful work but not our social standing.

The Stoics would say it’s a waste of time to try and control what other people think of us.

Wikipedia’s definition of “happiness” is the result of nearly 6,000 edits by over 3,000 users.

The earliest Wikipedia page on "happiness" from January 2003: Happiness is the state of being happy.

What do we really need to be happy?

Happiness is just one of a multitude of things that go into a successful life.

As appealing as the idea of a shortcut might be, there’s a dark side to life hacks.

Life hacks may help you get some stuff done but they won't teach you how to live well.

Thinking of happiness in terms of pleasure fostered the belief that it could be had for a price.

The pursuit of happiness, in effect, became the pursuit of prosperity and the pleasures it could afford.

For most of human history, a bad economy was accompanied by famines or plagues.

Wealth and prosperity is unimaginable to a majority of the world's population.

Positivity can make us more productive, but research shows irritation has plenty of benefits too.

Mild negative moods can lead to us be more observant and pay more attention to detail.

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