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432 Hz vs. 440 Hz frequencies: health and psychological effects?

One of the claims that is somewhat easy to validate empirically is that "432 Hz sounds better than 440 Hz." This informal experiment tests this in a straightforward way. People listen to pitch-shifted ...
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

I'm not sure about the trained part, but there have been cases where people have spontaneously shifted into a very enjoyable state of mind for a very long time, for example: Eckhart Tolle, who ...
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

This is a big question, but here are a few thoughts. While we could argue about the details, concepts around set points and the hedonic treadmill have reasonable empirical support. The general ...
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What is relationship between being a good person and functioning in society?

Since you asked a vague question, I will provide a relatively vague answer. A standard way to test fairness experimentally, is by having people play the ultimatum game. This is an interaction between ...
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How beneficial is attending a funeral in the process of grieving and why?

So I had a quick look into your question (not my area). It turns out there is long established journal called "Death Studies" that focuses specifically on "bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death ...
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What can one do to permanently increase one's baseline happiness (subjective well-being)?

Going off the findings in this paper, it seems that one's baseline level of happiness can be increased and maintained at a (weakly) significant level by "continual effort and engagement in some ...
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Name of the bias where someone really needs something after they find out it exists

I never knew the name for this before and used to just call it "awareness bias"; however, upon reading your question, I did a little bit of digging on Wikipedia and found out about the mere exposure ...
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What is the influence of "effort put into pursuing wealth" on happiness?

In alignment with the question author's commentary refinement, "It would already be a nice and useful answer if there was -any- clue on -any- type of happiness.":I submit: Stevenson, Betsey, and ...
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

You could try meditation. Meditation practices have been shown to have an effect size similar or higher to antidepressants. "During the course of 2to 6 months, the mindfulness meditation program ES ...
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

I would say it is impossible. Being unhappy is a necessary experience to make the feeling of happiness arise. Maybe there is some joyful state that can persist over time without unhappiness but I ...
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Definition of or research on fun

Oddly enough, the place where you find the most information about this topic is where there's a lot of money to be made from it. Facebook games or games in general. If you focus on "why do people ...
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How to measure your stress levels?

The term eustress was coined by endocrinologist Hans Selye, consisting of the Greek prefix eu- meaning "good", and stress, literally meaning "good stress". There is also the Yerkes–Dodson law which ...
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What does "affect component" mean in this article on well-being?

As the CDC page you linked states, Well-being integrates mental health (mind) and physical health (body) resulting in more holistic approaches to disease prevention and health promotion. Mental ...
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Is there a validated questionnaire on consumer well-being?

There are many consumer satisfaction tests available, see for a somewhat dated but informative review Westbrook & Oliver (1981). Most often, simple, single-item rating scales are employed. ...
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Does pessimism lead to greater happiness because low expectations lead to less disappointment?

I do believe these concepts should not be applied as in boolean logic, with either ALL PESSIMISTIC or ALL OPTIMISTIC, but in a ...
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Can scientific evidence support concepts of the soul?

Step one would be to define what you mean by "soul". The common Judeo/Christian/Muslim theory is that there is something that (a) is the essential core of a person's personality that is related to ...
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