Study Finds Link Between Happiness and Church

A scientific study suggests that joining a religious group could do more for someone’s “sustained happiness” than other forms of social participation, such as volunteering, playing sports or taking a class. Good news, from the Washington Post. (Photo © Maksim Bukovski –

How to be Happy: Cultivating Contentment

Do you know how to be happy? Or are you waiting for happiness to find you? Despite what the fairy tales depict, happiness doesn’t appear by magic. It’s not even something that happens to you. It’s something you can cultivate, says this article from the Mayo Clinic. (Photo © Maksim Bukovski –

Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

This was a question filmmaker Daniel Karslake asked after learning that a person dies every three seconds as a result of living in extreme poverty. The film he made as a result, Every Three Seconds, tells the story of five ordinary people who are making a real difference–and how everyone can do something. (Photo: Creativist Collective/Claire Evans, Creative Commons. Thanks!)

Love People, Not Pleasure

Sure, it’s not the first time you’ve heard the message that money, sex and power can’t make us happy, but here it comes from Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, in a New York Times op-ed piece.  Interesting reading. (Photo by Chris Lott, used by Creative Commons license)

Give Away Your Money, Feel Happier?

Having pots of money doesn’t necessarily make you happy, study after study has found. But giving away money — even if you’re not rich — is likely to make you feel wealthier, and thus happier, new research contends. (Photo by OpenSourceWay, used by Creative Commons  license. Thanks!)

  • September 18
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The Connection Between Money and Happiness

Lectionary Reflection, 18th Sunday after Pentecost, September 26, 2010

Does money equate to happiness? According to the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the answer is yes…to a point. The Christian, however, may want approach this equation from a somewhat different perspective. (Photo by Aart van Bezooyen used under a Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

  • September 23
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SNAP to it Food Stamp Challenge–Day 19

Today our blogger climbs on the treadmill of happiness to see what connection she can find between money and happiness. Thanks to the work of Gretchen Rubin and The Happiness Project, she discovers how the connection works.