Do mobile phones dumb us down?

It is not a secret anymore that having our mobile phone in hand or even within reach can have detrimental effects on our ability to engage in social life. While trying to “stay connected” to the world we in fact distance ourselves from the present moment and the people nearby. But are there more serious effects? Do our mobile phones make us dumber?

Want to be happy? Be grateful

We often think that happiness makes you grateful. But is it true? It is in fact gratefulness that makes you happy. An inspiring lesson from David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar teaches us to be grateful and to be happy. David gives a very simple method to be grateful. In fact we learned it in childhood when we were taught to cross the street: Stop. Look. Go.

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction.