Psychology Around the Net: November 24, 2018


Is there a ticket to happiness?

I’m not sure, but this week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at achieving happiness once you know what kind of happiness you actually want (that’s right; there’s more than one), as well as a productivity app that helps you avoid the bad “to do list,” how you can make the most of the rest of this year, what kind of mental health care costs we’re looking at in the next decade, and more.

Make a Resolution for the Last Six Weeks of the Year: If you’re into making resolutions, or goals (I prefer goals, but I digress), then starting now rather than January 1 might work in your favor. Why? It offers you a warm up period, there’s less pressure (for example, you won’t feel as disappointed in yourself if you slip up on December 15 as you probably would on January 6), and frankly, it just feels good to do something worthwhile with that time rather than just toss it in the trash and wait for the new year to start.

Use The ToDon’t App to Ensure You Don’t Achieve Anything: On that note… Say whaaaaa? No really, it makes sense. Not only does this app aim to help you become more productive, but also it has the possibility to keep you from making some poor daily — and life — choices.

Immigrants Arrive with Significant ‘Mental Health’ Issues: According to several new public health studies, new legal and illegal immigrants to the United States are arriving with “post-migration stress”; researchers say some immigrants already here claim the current political climate scares them from searching for mental health help.

Mental Illness Will Cost the World $16 USD Trillion by 2030: A new report from the Lancet Commission states that mental disorders are on the rise across the world and — primarily due to certain factors such as lost productivity (there’s an estimated 12 billion working days lost to mental health annually) — will cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030.

Psychology’s Replication Crisis Is Running Out of Excuses: Over the past several years, an international team of nearly 200 psychiatrists has been attempting to repeat previously published experiments to see if it gets the same results. The project — called Many Labs 2 — has been successful in only 14 out of 28 cases. Does this mean at least half of what we think we know about psychology is…wrong?

What Kind of Happiness Do People Value Most? Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman points out a distinction between “being happy in your life” (say, the kind of happiness you experience moment-to-moment) and “being happy about your life” (for example, looking back at a time and remember it as being a happy one). So, it’s fair to say then, if we’re seeking happiness but aren’t sure what kind of happiness we’re looking for, it might be difficult to find it.


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