Happiness is a feeling of contentment, of feeling satisfied and fulfilled. While happiness is a pleasant feeling, it is often falsely equated with a state of inner peace. Placing “finding happiness” as your goal in life can perpetuate a cycle of suffering, as all feelings are temporary and come and go quickly. Many teachers from spiritual and psychological traditions reiterate that striving for happiness in itself will generally leave us feeling let down and unfulfilled, but striving for fulfilment and compassion toward others will often have the side effect of happiness.

Lasting Happiness

It’s surprisingly easy to achieve lasting happiness — we just have to understand our own basic nature. The hard part, says Mingyur Rinpoche, is getting over our bad habit of seeking happiness in transient experiences.

Waking Up to Happiness

Sneezing, coughing, blowing her nose—Natalie Goldberg was awfully sick yet she was happy. Happiness is available to everyone, she realized, but we can find it only when we’re still.

Here’s How Money Really Can Buy You Happiness

If you want to know how to use the money you have to become happier, you need to understand just what it is that brings you happiness in the first place.

The Simple Joy of Being

Backpacking into deeper Reality

Byron Katie Just Wants You to Be Happy

Although she might never identify it as such, Byron Katie is espousing a form of meta-cognition, a way of thinking about thinking. Are your thoughts a true reflection of the reality around you, or do they come unbidden from your unconscious?

Want to Be Happy? Then Live Like a Stoic for a Week

Stoicism holds that the key to a good, happy life is the cultivation of an excellent mental state, which the Stoics identified with virtue and being rational. The ideal life is one that is in harmony with Nature, of which we are all part, and an attitude of calm indifference towards external events.

How to Add More Play to Your Grown-Up Life, Even Now

Play can feel silly, unproductive and time consuming. And that’s precisely the point.

A Conversation with Nataly Kogan, Founder and CEO of Happier

A Q&A with Nataly Kogan, where we discuss grit, emotional well-being, and the role leaders play in building happier organizations.