Armenian grapes. Wine grapes have been cultivated in the region of Georgia and Armenia for 8,000 years.  Kakheti, the Eastern part of nation of Georgia, is thought to be the cradle of wine.  Christian monasteries, along with Armenian farmers, in Georgia and Armenia have grown vineyards there for centuries.  Photo credit:  Narek75 | CC4.0, Wikimedia Commons



Books and Articles on Happiness 

Amy Wrzesniewski, Clark McCauley, Paul Rozin, Barry Schwartz, Jobs, Careers, and Callings: People's Relations to Their Work (Journal of Research in Personality, Mar 1997)

Dan Gilbert, The Surprising Science of Happiness (TED talks, Feb 2004)

Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice (TED talks, Jul 2005)

Joshua Wolf Shenk, What Makes Us Happy? (The Atlantic, June 2009)

Cal Newport, So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for the Work You Love (book, Sep 2012)

Nick Vujicic, Overcoming Hopelessness (TED talk, Oct 17, 2012)

Makoto Fujimura, The Paradox of Beauty (Qideas video)

Emily Esfahani Smith, There's More to Life Than Being Happy (The Atlantic, Jan 9, 2013) and TED Talk (TED, Sep 26, 2017)

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Jeremy Adam Smith, How Grateful Are Americans? (UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, Jan 10, 2013)

Sonja Lyubomirsky, How of Happiness: The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness (Psychology Today, Mar 9, 2013)

Brent Lambert, 75 Years in the Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study on What Men Need to Live a Happy Life (Feel Guide, Apr 28, 2013)

Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster, The Gospel According to 'Me' (NY Times opinion, Jun 29, 2013)

Guy Winch, 10 Surprising Facts About Rejection (Psychology Today, Jul 3, 2013)

Ashley Taylor, Can Faith Affect Therapy? (NY Times blog, Jul 10, 2013)

Emily Esfahani Smith, Meaning is Healthier Than Happiness (The Atlantic, Aug 1, 2013)

Cass R. Sunstein, What You Can Learn from the New Science of Smarter Spending: Yes, Money Can Make You Happy (New Republic, Aug 2, 2013)

Kate Bratskeir, The Habits of Supremely Happy People (Huffington Post, Sep 16, 2013)

Katy Waldman, Young People in Japan Have Given Up on Sex (Slate, Oct 22, 2013)

Belle Beth Cooper, 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed by Science (Huffington Post, Nov 11, 2013)

Claire Kamp Dush, How Poor Mental Health and Casual Sex Reinforce Each Other (Ohio State Univ, Nov 19, 2013)

Sam Berns, My Philosophy for a Happy Life (TED talk, Dec 13, 2013)

Diana Kapp, Raising Children With an Attitude of Gratitude Research Finds Real Benefits for Kids Who Say 'Thank You' (Wall Street Journal, Dec 23, 2013)

Julie Beck, Where Life Has Meaning: Poor, Religious Countries (The Atlantic, Jan 10, 2014)

David DeSteno, Stop Trusting Yourself (NY Times, Jan 17, 2014)

Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love: Elites embrace the “do what you love” mantra but it devalues work and hurts workers (Slate, Jan 16, 2014)

Tracey Spicer, The Lady Stripped Bare (youtube video, Jan 21, 2014)

Eric Barker, 6 Secrets You Can Learn from the Happiest People on Earth (Time, Mar 7, 2014)

Gordon Marino, A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love' (NY Times, May 17, 2014)

Atul Gawande, No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most (Slate, Oct 6, 2014)

Yagana Shah, The Unexpected Age When People Say They are the Happiest (Huffington Post, Oct 17, 2014)

Amy S. Choi, How Cultures Around the World Make Decisions (Ted Ideas, Oct 21, 2014)

Emily Esfahani Smith, A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness (Business Insider, Oct 22, 2014)

Arthur Chu, I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate Gave the Geek Community a Bad Name (Salon, Oct 30, 2014)

Rebecca Shannonhouse, Is Your Boss Making You Sick? (Washington Post, Oct 20, 2014)

David Brooks, The Agency Moment (NY Times, Nov 13, 2014)

Fox 12 Staff, Professional Cuddler Opens Shop in Portland (Fox 12 Oregon, Nov 16, 2014)

Melissa Dahl, Positive Thinking Doesn't Work; Here's What Does (New Yorker Magazine, Dec 9, 2014)

Rod Dreher, How Bibliotherapy Works (The American Conservative, Jan 21, 2015)

Olga Khazan, The Forgiveness Boost (The Atlantic, Jan 28, 2015)

Hilary Jacobs Hendel, It's Not Always Depression (NY Times, Mar 10, 2015) about shame stemming from a lack of connection

Adam Strassberg, Keep Calm and Parent On (Palo Alto Online, Mar 16, 2015)

Carolyn Walworth, Paly School Board Rep:  The Sorrow of Young Palo Altans (Palo Alto Online, Mar 25, 2015)

David Roark, How Sufjan Stevens Subverts the Stigma of Christian Music (The Atlantic, Mar 29, 2015)

Frank Bruni, Best, Brightest - and Saddest? (NY Times, Apr 11, 2015)

Joshua Rothman, A New Theory of Distraction (New Yorker, Jun 16, 2015)

Aaron Ben-Zeev, Why Nothing is More Exciting Than a Calm Romance (Psychology Today, Jul 8, 2015)

Bright Side, Why Generation Y is Unhappy (Bright Side, Aug 2015)

Ariana Eunjung Cha, It Turns Out Parenthood Is Worse Than Divorce, Unemployment - Even Death of a Partner (Washington Post, Aug 11, 2015)

Heidi Stevens, Sad Science of Parenthood: It's Time to Change the Discussion (Chicago Tribune, Sep 4, 2015)

Lydia Wilson, What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters (The Nation, Oct 21, 2015) about personal emptiness leading to recruitment

Steven Parton, The Science of Happiness: Why Complaining Is Literally Killing You (Science & Nonduality, 2016)

80000 Hours, Everything You need to Know About Whether Money Makes You Happy (80000 Hours, Mar 2016)

Jesse Singal, For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why (NY Mag, Mar 13, 2016)

Tristan Harris, How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds—from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Medium, May 18, 2016)

Tim Elmore, Diagnosis: Entitlement Leads to Chronic Disappointment(Growing Leaders blog, Nov 22, 2016)  

World Happiness Report 2017 (website) top countries: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland

Jessica Blankenship, How to Stop Rushing Into Love (NY Times, Feb 6, 2018)

Andrew Sullivan, The Poison We Pick (NY Magazine, Feb 20, 2018) about the opioid epidemic and the paradox of modern life

Olga Khazan, Poor Americans Really Are in Despair: The Wealth Gap is Also a Happiness Gap (The Atlantic, Jun 19, 2018)

Eric Barker, Harvard Followed 800 People Over the Course of Multiple Decades and Found 6 Things That Make People Live Longer, Happier Lives(Business Insider, Aug 26, 2018)

Matthieu Ricard, Science Says Happiness Can Change Your Brain (Yes!, Oct 4, 2018)

Margaret Renkl, More Trees, Happier People (NY Times, Oct 7, 2018) "When cities grow, green space dies. Replanting it has been shown to lift the human spirit."

Derek Thompson, Workism Is Making Americans Miserable (The Atlantic, Feb 24, 2019) "For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver"

Laura M. Holson, Are We Living in a Post-Happiness World? (NY Times, Sep 28, 2019) “With happiness harder to come by these days, people are grasping at any moment of joy they can get”

Laura Cathcart Robbins, Is There Such A Thing As A Harmless Crush When You’re Married? (Huffington Post, Oct 14, 2019) an honest and accurate assessment that no, the dangers of self-bargaining, delusional thinking, and minimizing are too great; happiness must be based on reality, and follow moral and spiritual truth, not follow it