Smile, honey! How men monopolized the study of happiness – ABC Science Online

Who decides what happiness looks like?

Is the secret to happiness truly selflessness and a tidy bed every morning?

Happiness is different to everyone, but one writer has found how it is studied is very selective.

In positive psychology studies, men have been both studied and the ones doing the tests.

Early studies about depression, on the other hand, have overwhelmingly focused on women.

So, how have those early studies shaped what we think happiness looks like?


Ariel Gore , author of 'F ck happiness: How The Science Of Psychology Ignores Women'.

Dr Kathryn MacKay , Lecturer in bioethics and public health at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney School of Public Health.


Arthur Brooks on Happiness –

For the past year, Arthur Brooks has been a Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. Before that, he served ten years leading the American Enterprise Institute. He has written 11 books, including the bestsellers Love Your Enemies (2019) and The Road to Freedom (2012). He also hosts the Ricochet podcast “ The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks .” Arthur and Jon discuss the science behind happiness and the wisdom literature that preceded it.

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PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO: Happier with Gretchen Rubin and the best happy podcasts to listen to – Wicked Local Rochester

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May 25, 2020 at 2: 00 PM

During these trying times of pandemic, shortages and a new normalcy, it might seem like there is no bright side to be found. Despite the COVID – 19 cloud hanging over us all, there is still plenty of happiness around. Here are a few podcasts to brighten your day or put a smile on your face.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin: Thought -provoking author and host Gretchen Ruin focuses on happiness and human nature. Rubin draws from leading science, age-old wisdom, pop culture and her personal experiences to bring listeners new ideas and conversations surrounding how to live a happier life. Recent episodes include “Make a 'Power Hour After' List,” “Little Happier: What's the Best Time to Plant a Tree?” and “Make Lists to Make Memories.” Find it:

The Good Life Project: Couple Jonathan and Stephanie Fields take a real-world approach about living life to the fullest and living with a sense of meaning. They give listeners tools, strategies and practices to make a difference in their lives. Recent episodes include “Jacqueline Novogratz – Manifesto for a Moral Revolution,” “Adam Cayton-Holland – Comedy in a Time of Darkness” and “Macy Gray – Life Beyond 'I Try.'” Find it: https: //www.goodlifeproject .com / podcast /

10% Happier: ABC News anchor Dan Harris explores happiness – whatever that means for each person – from every angle. Harris focuses on meditation and chats with legendary meditation teachers, as well as scientists and celebrities. Harris also tries to help his listeners learn the skills to be happy and calm. Recent episodes include “The Other Side of the Pandemic,” “Small Ways to Improve Your Everyday Life Right Now” and “A Meditation for Money Worries.” Find it:

The Science of Happiness: Find out how to live a happier and more meaningful life using the latest research-tested strategies. Drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness and awe, host and award-winning professor Dacher Keltner discusses tips and inspiring stories to help people be happy. Recent episodes include “Give Yourself a Break,” “Helping Kids Think About the Good” and “Remembering to Breathe.” Find it:


Cycle to work if you want to feel happier, get fitter and save money –

Coronavirus has meant lots of us working from home and doing anything to swerve the perils of public transport. No one’s ever enjoyed a sweaty commute on the central line – let alone when there’s a virus on the prowl.

That’s led to more and more of us dusting off our bikes to take up cycling – to the supermarket or as a means of exercise. And now the government has advised that we stay on our bikes once offices and workplaces reopen to avoid cramming up the trains, tubes and buses.

But aside from the fact that you won’t have to touch any contaminated surfaces or be trapped in an enclosed space with someone coughing away in the corner, there are so many benefits to cycling to work. Here’s a handy guide to starting cycling to work.

Start now and once we’re over this crisis, you’ll rarely bother to top up your Oyster card.

You start finding more green spaces

Going to work by public transport or car means having to stick to the main roads – that’s the nature of the beast. Even if you take the odd side road short cut, you're still probably going to be stuck with urban landscapes (unless your commute is cross-country).

Cycling, however, offers you an opportunity to get off the main road and find some interesting landscapes. In London, for example, it’s often far quicker to get on the canal or walkways if you need to go from east to west or from northeast to southwest. To get from Stratford to Westminster, for example, you can cut through Victoria Park and the canal, come up at Haggerston before cycling down into The City and onto the Cycle Superhighway from London Bridge to Big Ben and beyond. That whole journey requires you to cycle down one main road for two miles – otherwise, it's all Thames views or parkland.

Use Strava to plan out your route. It's really simple to use and is great for plotting journeys off main roads.

It’s cheaper in the long run

Bikes can be super expensive but even if you spent a grand on a bike (you can get a decent one for about £ 150 so we're talking top-notch for £ 1, 000), you'd still save money in the long run. Once you’ve got your helmet, locks and panniers, there aren’t any more costs.

Let's say your commute is a 30 – minute car ride; that might cost you about £ 5 a day or £ 100 a month. So it'd take just 10 months of cycling to work off the cost of a really fancy bike. A zone 1-4 Oyster monthly pass costs £ 185 a month. Buy the bike on a cycle-to-work scheme and you’ll save loads within a year of purchase.

It’s better for the environment

Public transport is a much more environmentally friendly way to travel than taking the car but it’s still not totally carbon neutral, whereas cycling is.

Cycling gives you time to prepare…

All that time spent on your bike with the wind in your hair and sun on your face gives you an opportunity to get your head in the game before you get to work. Apart from anything else, cycling provides you with a bit of brain training – navigating roads and small spaces, working on co-ordination and balance.

Pack your work clothes the night before, get up and get on your bike. Spending an hour in the fresh air is going to wake you up, switch on your brain and have you feeling ready to face the working day – a far cry from the stressed-out mess that emerges from the tube station!

… and decompress from work

Did someone get on your wick all day? Fuming about that last phone call? Stressed by the workload? Get on your bike and feel all those issues dissolve. As you pedal, you can ruminate on whatever issues are on your mind so that by the time you get home, you’ve mentally dealt with them and you’re not wasting your precious free time worrying.

You’re less likely to die

It goes without saying that cycling is a brilliant form of cardio. According to Harvard University, cycling at a moderate speed can help you to burn nearly 300 calories in 30 minutes. But cycling at any speed is better than nothing – it all gets your heart pumping!

Many people don’t get enough physical activity – something that has been linked to up to 5.3 million deaths a year worldwide. Being active can lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers and even depression. And an active commute can play a massive role in setting you up for an active day. In England and Wales, 34% of men and 42% of women aren't active enough because we rely on cars.

A new study by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, however, has been looking at the impact cycling , walking, getting public transport or driving to work has on the health of 300 , commuters. Participants were followed for 25 years to compare deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as new diagnoses of cancer.

They found that people who cycled to work had a 20% lower risk of dying compared to people who drove, a 24% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and a 16% of dying from cancer. They were also 11% less likely to be diagnosed with cancer – and that was true even after other factors like age, sex, car access and socioeconomic status were accounted for.

It can be quicker than car or train

How often have you been late to work due to unidentified objects on the line, red signals or traffic jams? Do you know how often I’ve been late to work on my bike? Never.

You may have to set off earlier in general but you’ll no longer be affected by random delays that are out of your control. Bikes can bypass jams and can take short cuts; unlike public transport, you don’t have to keep stopping to pick folk up so you can keep on peddling.

Oh, and because you're already doing your exercise as part of your commute, you may decide that you don't need to go to the gym before or after work as often as you used to – which saves you even more time to do what you want to do (unless you want to go to the gym!).

Your immune system gets a boost

Spending time outdoors can strengthen your immune system and cycling is particularly good at making you more resistant to things like colds.

Back in 2018, scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them to healthy adults from across a wide age group and who didn't exercise regularly.

They found that the cyclists had much better immune systems than those who didn’t cycle. We have an organ called the thymus which makes immune cells known as T-cells. From 20 onwards, our thymus starts to shrink… but this study found that older cyclists were generating as many T-cells as much younger people (the non-cycling group ranged from 16 to 80).

Physical exertion and recovery in fresh air is also supposed to help strengthen the immune system, by exposure to hot and cold stimuli.

All that outdoor activity also means absorbing more vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system, which is why vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased autoimmunity and susceptibility to infection.

And your road skills get better

No one’s saying that you have to ditch your car altogether… we’re just arguing that commuting to work by bike is better – if that’s viable for you. The benefit to cycling more in general is that it makes you a better driver when you do get back behind the wheel.

Spend a couple of rush hours on a bike trying to navigate roundabouts, side streets and traffic lights and you’ll see just how careless, arrogant and downright dozey some drivers can be. There’s a reason that bike boxes exist at traffic lights and why cyclists are forever trying to squeeze past your car by the curb; they just want to stay safe on the road.

Obviously, some cyclists are dreadful people too who have no respect for pedestrians, motorists, bus drivers or other cyclists but at least the next time you drive, you'll be a little more aware of how much room you're giving your two-wheeled comrades.

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Tonight's TV: Citizens of Boomtown and State of Happiness – The National

WITH a string of successful albums, world tours and two number ones (Rat Trap and I Don’t Like Mondays), for a time the Boomtown Rats were the most successful band to come out of Ireland. But as their star waned, lead singer Bob Geldof revolutionized the charity world with the Band Aid single and the subsequent Live Aid concert in 1985, which saved the lives of millions of people.

The band broke up a year later but in 2013 they answered the call from the Isle of Wight Festival to re-form. This documentary follows the highs and lows of the band, as told by the four members of the re-formed group – Bob Geldof, Garry Roberts, Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe, as well as departed guitarist Gerry Cott.

State of Happiness ( BBC Four, 9pm & 9. 45 pm)

THE Norwegian drama concludes with a double bill. In the first episode, Mayor Rettedal uses unorthodox methods to get Stavanger elected as the oil capital of Norway. Plus, Anna does something she regrets at a party at the Esso Motor Hotel.

Then, the day has come for a vote to decide which city will be Norway’s capital of oil – Bergen, Trondheim or Stavanger. As the parliament also votes on the establishment of a state oil company, Anna makes a life-changing decision.

Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 7. 50 pm)

ALEXANDER Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman challenge more famous faces to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of.

This time the contestants are all from the realms of sci-fi and fantasy. Stepping up to the podium are former Doctor Who companions Sophie Aldred and Carole Ann Ford; Josh Herdman and Louis Cordice (from the Harry Potter movies); Sandra Dickinson and John Duttine – stars of BBC dramas Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Day of the Triffids; and Kiran Shah and Clive Mantle, who both appeared in Game of Thrones.

Britain’s Got Talent (STV, 8pm)

ANT and Dec host the 14 th series of the nationwide talent search, which sees a wide variety of acts, from comedians to contortionists, singers to spoon players, compete for the chance to win £ 250, 000 and a slot at the Royal Variety Performance.

Casualty (BBC1, 8. 40 pm)

JADE makes a huge decision about her reaching out to her birth mother. When marine veteran Nate comes into the hospital claiming to have fallen from his wheelchair during a stunt, he bonds with Jacob, who is thrilled to treat someone with such an exciting life. Meanwhile, Fenisha disobeys Jan’s orders when they attend the scene of an accident at a wrestling match.


Parents appeal to government to bring back kids from Pakistan to double their Eid happiness – Times of India

AMRITSAR: Stating that Eid is a time for family connectivity when all the family members gather together, wish Eid Mubarak, pray, give gifts, acquaint children with relatives and have fun, Afshan Anjum, mother of a young daughter who is perusing her medical studies in


has appealed to the government to bring back her daughter.

The girl is stranded in Pakistan due to coronavirus induced



Afshan is not the only one waiting for her daughter, for a grand family reunion on Eid, but the parents of as many as eighty students, mostly girls, from


and Kashmir are expecting the Central government to allow them to cross the international border so they could reach home.

Besides these Indian students, many Indians who had gone to Pakistan to meet their relatives or pay obeisance in religious places are also stranded since lockdown and sealing of Indo Pak borders have also appealed to their government to open borders so they could return to their families.

“Like my daughter, all the children stranded in Pakistan feel depressed and helpless since they cannot come home. Eid is round the corner, I wish my government would bring back all the stranded students so they could join Eid celebrations with their parents and siblings “said Afshan while talking to TOI on Friday.

Sources informed that the

Indian embassy



has asked all the stranded Indians to fill a certain performa and be prepared to leave for home 'anytime' soon.

When contacted Talat Parvez Rohella, secretary to the government, higher education department who have been appointed to assist the nodal officer in coordination of inward movement of students of Jammu and Kashmir said ministry of external could update on the matter.

TOI on Thursday traced a couple from


who had gone to meet their relatives in Pakistan but couldn 't return due to lockdown. They have appealed to Prime Minister

Narendra Modi

for their evacuation from Pakistan.

Resident of Mini Chappar village in Ludhiana district, Joginder Singh said that he along with his wife Surjit Kaur had arrived in Pakistan on March 11 to meet his relatives but couldn't go back due to the lockdown. Singh along with Kaur is staying in Dera Hari Singh Wala in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan.

“We both are in our seventies, we are finished with our medicines, I have to borrow money from my relatives to meet expenses and now I want to go back to my country” said Joginder. He said India didn't need to send aircrafts to evacuate Indians stranded in Pakistan but there is a need to just open the Attari border for them.

Similarly, Santokh Singh, resident of Atal village in Sangrur district said that he had also come to meet his relatives in Pakistan. “I have run out of money, I have responsibilities back home, I appeal to my government to arrange for our evacuation soon”, said Santokh who is presently staying in




Podcast: Finding yourself and finding joy – Mail Tribune

Podcast: Finding yourself and finding joy Mail Tribune


RTA announces updated timings of services, customer happiness centers – Emirates News Agency

DUBAI, 20 th May, 2020 (WAM) – Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has updated its service hours of public transport means (metro, tram buses, marine transport, taxis and shared transport) as well as customer happiness centers and centers of service providers, as of 20 th May 2020.

In a statement by the authority on Wednesday, the new timings conform to the revised National Sterilization Program from 20: 00 to 06: 00 (of the following day).

Dubai Metro Red and Green Lines will start service at 07: 00 and end at 21: 00 . The last journey on the Red Line from Al Rashidiya Station to UAE Exchange Station will start at 19: 54. The last journey from UAE Exchange to Al Rashidiya Station will start at 19: 53.

The last service on the Green Line will start from the Creek Station to Etisalat Station at 20: 21, and the last journey from Etisalat Metro Station to the Creek Station will start at 20: 20.

RTA will operate 54 trains on the Red Line and 17 trains on the Green Line during peak hours to serve 46 stations. The service frequency during peak time will be 2: 38 minutes on the Red Line and five minutes on the Green Line.

Dubai Tram service hours will start at 07: 00 and end at 21: 00. RTA will deploy six tram-trains to serve 11 stations with a service frequency of eight minutes between journeys.

As for the city bus, 902 buses will start services at 06: 00 and continue up to 20: 00, and buses will operate over 142 routes. During the sterilization program, 74 buses will be operating on 13 routes namely: 8, 10, 12, AT13, 17, VS01, C 07, F 18, F 21, F 34, F 43 and X 23. These routes will serve 19 public and private hospitals.

Marine transport means will be operating on seven lines from 08: 30 to 19: 00. Tourist lines on the Dubai Water Canal as well as Al Ghubaiba-Sharjah Aquarium Stations will remain closed.

The taxi fleet, comprising 10, 936 vehicles and about 7000 limos will be on regular service from 06: 00 to 20: 00. Two-thousand taxis will be deployed during the national disinfection hours. Customers can book their taxi riders via Careem and Uber apps. Shared transport will be available through U drive and Ekar from 06: 00 to 20: 00.

As for customers happiness centers and centers of service providers, Umm Al Ramool, Deira and Al Barsha service centers will be open. Twenty centers of service providers will be open for customers from 09: 00 to 15: 00. Centers will remain closed during the Eid holiday.

RTA has taken all precautionary measures for the safety of riders, clients, staffs and drivers. It has put in place a comprehensive disinfection system and sanitises trains, buses, vehicles, stations and centers as well as public facilities daily. Riders and customers are obliged to wear face masks for their safety and the safety of employees and operators.


Most employees are happier working from home – ITProPortal

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The surge in remote working brought about by the coronavirus pandemic appears to have benefited the majority of workers, according to a new report from CNBC and SurveyMonkey.

Based on a poll of more than 9, 000 US-based workers, the report states that almost half (44 percent) of remote workers are happier in their jobs now than they were before the outbreak.

Further, four in ten (38 percent) would love to continue working from home once the pandemic has subsided, while a fifth (19 percent) would prefer to work from home exclusively going forward.

Workers are also slightly more content with their work than they were a year ago, with the report's Workforce Happiness Index sitting at 73 out of 100, up from 71 last year.

However, the majority of respondents also said work has become more challenging, with more than half explaining their job has grown “somewhat harder” or “much harder”. The greater the responsibility attached to the respondent's position, the harder the work has become.

This trend, however, does not seem to be attached to the new working paradigm, remaining consistent across those who work from home and those who do not.


Workers who still have their jobs are happier but working harder: CNBC survey – CNBC

Workers who can do their jobs from home are being forced to do so by the coronavirus, and many of these workers feel fortunate, even if they feel that they are working harder.

Miguel Pereira | Getty Images

Since Covid – 19 shelter-in-place orders came into effect in the US in mid-March, the workforce has undergone a complete transformation. Remote work has turned kitchen tables into workspaces, Zoom meetings have replaced conference rooms, mandatory virtual coffee breaks are keeping employees connected, and there's now a new definition of and increased appreciation for essential workers.

Surprisingly, however, while the pandemic has abruptly upended nearly everything about the traditional workplace, job satisfaction and happiness measures have ticked up, according to the latest Q2 CNBC | SurveyMonkey Workplace Happiness Survey.

The survey polled a national sample of 9, 059 workers in the United States and was conducted May 4 – 10, 2020 – nearly two months after the large-scale move to remote work and 30 million people filed for unemployment.

After holding steady at a score of 71 all last year, the Workplace Happiness Index now measures a 73 out of 100 , with slight increases in positive sentiment on all component measures, which include compensation, opportunities for advancement, feeling valued by colleagues and meaningfulness of the work.

When asked directly about the effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on their relationship to their job, 38% of workers say they are happier to have their job now than they were before the outbreak – an indication that workers may be reevaluating their views and expectations on work in general, particularly in light of the 14. 7% unemployment rate. Just 11% say that now, more than before, they wish they had a different job.

Nevertheless, while workers say they are happier with their jobs, many say the pandemic's impact on their workplace has made it more difficult for them to do their job effectively, with 1 in 5 saying it has become much harder and 34% saying it has become somewhat harder.

For some the difficulty lies in homeschooling children while working full-time; for others connectivity issues or not having easy access to certain programs or files has created work-related challenges; for essential workers the stress of catching the virus and wearing the personal protective equipment and instituting safety procedures has been challenging.

Nearly half of those polled (48%) have been working remotely during the pandemic and are, for the most part, happy about it. Fifty-seven percent of those working from home say they are currently very satisfied with their job. Many companies are happy with this change as well and have announced they will keep a portion of their workforce remote for much of 2020. Twitter has even gone so far as to say that employees can work from home indefinitely .

Even with the ranks of the unemployed already above 35 million Americans, many workers remain concerned about potential job losses or having their work hours cut.

Companies are already envisioning a new normal when employees start heading back to the office. Key changes could include antimicrobial materials, more and better air filtration, temperature monitoring at entry points and desks spaced farther apart.

But the opinions on how much needs to be done is wide ranging . More than half of those surveyed (53%) agree there should be limits on the number of people gathered in one place. When it comes to hot-button issues such as employee testing and wearing masks at the office, a large percentage favor those as well, with 47% favoring companies testing workers before they return to the office and 41% preferring that all employees be required to wear masks. Just 15% say they don't feel any measures need to be put into effect at all when offices reopen.