Positive psychology and public policy

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In recent days there has been talk in Finland about whether or not the unemployed should be forced to take a 1.5 hour commute if that's what it takes to get a job. I find this to be a fantastic example of short-sightedness. It's hard to believe that those kinds of jobs would pay that well, which means that if this policy is adopted the resulting increase in GDP will be minuscule at best. The … [Read more...]

Happiness Now: Are successful people happier, or happy people more successful?

Happiness Now: Are successful people happier, or happy people more successful?

Money cannot buy happiness, says the old adage. Indeed, a study after another indicates that beyond a certain level of income, money stops being a predictor for happiness and overall well-being. What this means in practice is that money is something similar to a hygiene factor. After your basic monetary needs are met, the added value from having more money starts to diminish. Rapidly. Similar … [Read more...]

How to make better buying decisions

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I have been involved in a university project for a non-profit organization in Finland. One of our tasks was to figure out how to get people to consume less. Personally I don't believe that all consumption is bad and we should just suddenly jump away from a market society, but I do believe that many people have found themselves more than once buying useless shit they don't need. So instead of … [Read more...]

Managing stress… and sucking at it!

Nightmares (revisited)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:34 I am not a religious person. In fact I've been jokingly telling my friends that if I had a religion it would have to be┬áDudeism, and even that only so I would be able to marry couples. I think that would be cool. Luckily you don't have to be religious to find … [Read more...]

Why I don’t follow news: Case H1N1

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It's been about 6 months since I decided to stop watching news on TV, reading newspapers (except when stealing a glimpse of a headline at the grocery), and following most news sites on the Internet. Back in my high school days I took special pride in reading the morning paper and keeping track on world affairs. But for what purpose? Other than it making me feel smug and superior to those who … [Read more...]

3 simple things for happier life

Oh the happiness!

I have been very hesitant about publishing this blog post. I started writing it couple weeks ago, only to stop after getting my main points down because I felt that this will put me in the same "faceless" group of hundreds or thousands of personal development bloggers out there. Not that there's anything wrong with writing about personal development, but I felt that I needed to approach these … [Read more...]

Other sides of ownership

Withered (revisited)

I don't know about you, but I believe that people live their lives in pursuit of happiness. Whether or not they consciously realize this doesn't matter. I believe that whatever choice or action a person does, the underlying reason for that particular action relate to the assumption, that by acting the person will feel a little bit happier afterwards. In a bad situation this could also mean, that … [Read more...]