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Walk to work — you’ll be happier

A recent study finds that people who walk to work or take the train are more satisfied than the rest of us. What do they know that we don't?

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You’re happy and you know it — but how’s the rest of the world doing?

The Better Life Index tells us about the keys to global happiness. Sort of.

The medium chill, revisited

Two years later, we offer a look back at "the medium chill" and a consideration of what it means to live a meaningful life.

Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

Today's young adults, facing huge challenges and dwindling opportunities, choose the medium chill by necessity -- and show us all a better way to live.

Happy now? If not, author Gretchen Rubin has tips for you

Best-selling writer and joy genius Gretchen Rubin talks about how personal moves toward a happier life can lead to a better, healthier planet for everybody.

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Grist readers are less happy than other Americans, because DUH

According to the survey many of you took last week, Grist readers are a mostly happy bunch, but not quite as optimistic as other Americans, especially when it comes to the environment.

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Are you happier than other Grist readers? Take this survey to find out

Our obsession with GDP is taking a heavy toll on our health, social connections, leisure time, and the environment. It's time for a new focus: happiness.

It’s official: Just the taste of beer makes your brain happy

Finally, proof that beer equals delicious joy.

How greens can stay happy, without drugs

This will surprise and shock you: It is sometimes hard to stay positive and be an environmentalist.