SUCCESS MAGAZINE: The Science of Friendship

The Science of Friendship Success Magazine, Shawn Achor July 21, 2016 Our need for social support isn’t just in our heads. Evolutionary psychology explains that the innate need to form social bonds is wired into our biology. When we make a positive social connection, the pleasure-inducing hormone oxytocin is released into our bloodstream, immediately reducing anxiety…

Spotlight: The Spire Stone

Spotlight: The Spire Stone Science is now connecting our external and internal worlds in ways we couldn’t do or even understand 100 years ago. We have evolved from using kitschy mood rings and carnival mood meters to having real tech to understand what’s going on inside our bodies on an intellectual, emotional, and even molecular…

Back to the Future…of Happiness

Back to the Future…of Happiness   Recently, my husband and I decided to show our three daughters (ages 9, 6, and 3) the classic movie Back to the Future. Of course, my kids were immediately enthralled, but my youngest had a few key questions like, Mommy, what is the future? And what is the present?…

Is “Happy Tech” an Oxymoron?

Happy Tech…an Oxymoron?   In recent months, I have seen a growing number of posts about how bad technology is for us. Technology is blamed for social isolation, disconnection, and corruption.  But I’ve also heard and seen how technology can be used for good — a means to connect, to share knowledge, to empower, even…

LIVE HAPPY: Move Beyond the Problem

Move Beyond the Problem Live Happy, Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan June 10, 2016 Learn to stop ruminating and quickly get to a more positive place. Whenever anything went wrong in her life, our dear friend Samantha became a broken record, stuck playing the same refrain over and over. If a colleague criticized her work, she’d…

RESEARCH STUDY: Helping Others Live Sober

Helping Others Live Sober: New Evidence Indicates “Helping Helps the Helper” Stay Sober Byron R. Johnson1, Maria E. Pagano2, Matthew T. Lee3, Stephen G. Post4 December 1, 2015 1Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA 2Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA 3University of Akron, OH, USA 4Stony Brook University, NY, USA Byron R. Johnson, Program on…