happiness 

If Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, What Does?

About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job. I was a marketing director at a well-known corporation, and, after a wonderful career there, I ended up with a boss I didn't like who didn't like me back. I'll never forget the day he invited me...About seven years ago, I was laid off from my job...

Parenthood Can Taste Bitter or Sweet, Depending on Your Age

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Kids make parents happier as Mom and Dad age. Credit: Getty
Parenting, it turns out, is like wine. It gets better with age.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found having babies...
Parenthood a bummer in your 20s, but it gets better.

Who Loves Ya, Baby? Kids of Extra-Affectionate Moms Are Better Adjusted Adults, Study Says

Baby love is good for your little one. Credit: Getty Images
A loved baby is a happy baby. Turns out, that makes for a happy adult, too. People whose mothers showered them with affection as infants are better equipped to cope with the stresses...

Make Every Day a Happy Day With Your Kids

Routines are the glue that stick together the hours and activities in our days. On a good day, Cabin Fever only has to remind her children to do things once. (On a day of amazing fabulosity, I'd never have to remind anyone of anything at all; but...

Come On, Get Happy - Author Tells You How to Have More Fun

Happiness tip: Get more sleep. Credit: Amazon.com
It's no secret: Everybody wants to be happy. So, in an attempt to put a permanent smile on her face, author and mother of two Gretchen Rubin spent a year testing the wisdom of the ages. She...

Happiest Couples Share the Paid and Unpaid Work

Does sharing the dish-washing and the money-earning lead to a happier family? Credit: alaskaval, Flickr
A new study finds that couples who share the responsibility for paid and unpaid work report being happier than couples who divide the work...

Parents - Are They Less Happy Than Other People?

Clarance Darrow said, "The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children." Scientific study seems to back him up. Parenthood is supposed to bring joy and fulfillment into our lives, but study after study...

Clay Aiken's baby health scare

Mr. Aiken, welcome to the wonderful world of parenting. Sure, it's one filled with joy and happiness, but it's also, more than occasionally, one filled with fear. Clay Aiken learned about this less seemly side of parenting just weeks after the birth...

Happiness is... not having kids

Sure, they drive you nuts. They step on every last nerve and expect you to thank them for it. But, it's all worth it, right? Children bring so much joy into our lives that we couldn't possibly imagine living without them, right? They are our reason...

When mom becomes dad, literally

Some women have been asking, "Is Lesbianism dead?" It is a question that has been raging in women's colleges across the nation as more women seek surgery to become tansgendered men. There is an unease brewing in the gay and lesbian communities as...

Getting married brings happiness

According to a new study, getting hitched could help to alleviate the blues. Although the researchers expected opposite results, they found that getting married dramatically increased the happiness levels of both partners. Apparently, mattering to...

The Wisdom of Mary P. (Part One): All I want is my kid to be happy

I don't usually cover two posts from the same blog in one week, let alone one day. However, Mary P., who writes Day Care Daze, has written two essays recently that have just blown me away. And basically, I really really wish that I had known her and...

Plastic surgery for teen sisters

The other night I was watching a bit of Dr. 90210, a secret guilty pleasure that I sometimes indulge in after the children have gone to bed. It was a repeat episode from Season 3 in which two sisters decide to seek plastic surgery within a few weeks...

Blogging Baby Laughs: lessons from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston didn't want to let kids ruin her career. Now she's alone and her ex-hubbie is shacking up with Angelina Jolie, who's so excited to have a family that she adopted two children before her coup de Brad Pitt's grace: getting pregnant....

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