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Don't Work Hard, Just Work Smart

Flickr founder Caterina Fake on why hard work is overrated. http://bit.ly/cxckNS

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Research and Track Happiness

Researchers currently study national data and rank US states (and DC) by happiness. (NY is 51st.) http://ow.ly/OMua

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To Be Happy, Earn $60k Per Year

Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman points out the people earning less than $60k per year are progressively more unhappy the less they earn, but folks over $60k are all basically at the same level of happiness. My Money Blog http://bit.ly/aT0TGc

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Don't Marry a Handsome Man

Research Psychologists have shown that couples in which the woman is more attractive than the man tend to be happier. Psychology Today http://bit.ly/at9OQO

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Plan Happier Vacations

Behavioral scientists have recommendations for how to plan a happier vacation. Tips include more, shorter vacations; have it end with a bang; and even interrupting a vacation might be OK. Boston.com http://bit.ly/cmzrwS

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Move to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is chosen as "happiest country on earth" in 2009 Happy Planet Index. http://ow.ly/iP3b

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Be Happy: Win a Bronze Medal

US researchers have concluded that olympic bronze medal winners are happier than silver medal winners. Silver = "almost gold", while bronze = "almost nothing". http://bit.ly/aaNWiY

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Take Smart Risks

Researchers show that people that take above-average risks are happier. A Wired Magazine "shocking idea" of 2009. http://bit.ly/6AkPnX

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To Be Happy -- Grow Older

Researchers show that happiness increases with time, with sharp increases after age 50. NY Times http://nyti.ms/9InmKM

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Add Lithium to the Water Supply to Improve Mood

Studies in Japan show that lithium in the water supply helps avert suicides. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/magazine/ideas/2009/#l

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Live with less - a lot less

The average house used to be under 1000 square feet. Now it is 2500 (with fewer people living per house). Do we really need so much space and stuff? NY Times http://nyti.ms/ZzTIF6

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Don't Fight With Your Spouse - Raise Your Blood Sugar

Psychologists at Ohio State University show a correlation between spouse hostility and low blood sugar. http://econ.st/1m5NrQI

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