Why “Happily Ever After” Doesn’t Just Happen

Why “Happily Ever After” Doesn’t Just Happen

Healthy habits build long-term happiness. In fairy tales, Prince Charming meets a fair maid.  They fall in love and live “happily ever after.”  End of story.  It’s interesting that the relationship only begins just as the fairy tale ends.  What would happen if the story continued? We’d likely see that a lot of these so-called storybook romances…

Does Your Partner Complete You or Inspire You?

Does Your Partner Complete You or Inspire You?

The key distinction between relationships that perish and those that flourish. In a famous scene from the Oscar-nominated film Jerry Maguire, dashing leading man Jerry — a successful and handsome sports agent played by Tom Cruise — suddenly returns to his estranged wife. He proclaims to Dorothy, portrayed by Renée Zellweger, “You complete me.” Touched and teary-eyed after his declaration, she…

Talking With Larry King About “Why the Grass Seems Greener”

Talking With Larry King About “Why the Grass Seems Greener”

The science of strengths can help us focus on nurturing our own relationship. In a recent interview with cultural icon Larry King and his vivacious wife Shawn about our upcoming book Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts (TarcherPerigee, January 16, 2018) we pondered the important question of “Why does it often seem that the…

Gross National Happiness and Positive Education in Bhutan

Gross National Happiness and Positive Education in Bhutan

Schools traditionally teach children academic skills such as literacy, numeracy – they do not, however, teach skills for well-being– for more positive emotion, better relationships, more engagement, and more purpose and meaning. Although there is mounting evidence that such well-being can be taught to individuals (1), well-being is widely considered to be a private matter…