Can Science Make You Happy?

Aristoteles wrote about it over 2300 years ago, there exist numerous magazine articles with tips on how to get more of it, and it is the central topic of many movies: Happiness. We discuss it over and over again, and we are prepared to do a lot to get it. In 2009, Gretchen Rubin published a book titled The Happiness Project. In her book, Rubin sets out on a mission to become a happier person and increase her enjoyment of day-to-day life. As preparation for her project, she reads scientific studies about happiness and topics related to it, such as emotions. As Rubin starts her one-year-project, she uses and applies the knowledge presented by these studies to achieve her goal of becoming a hap

The Dilemma of Finding Non-Significant Results

I started in the field of health science with an ambition to make the world a healthier, better and maybe even fairer place. I specialised in health research – so I could support the vision of “global health” with my own research. Okay! Some might now call me idealistic. They would argue: “you are a young researcher, you have to get very lucky to have a real impact. Research is a profession like any other!” This makes me wonder. Is it really? Is research like a company that creates and reproduces its position in a market to sell its own products? Of course such statements are not generalizable. But then you hear stories from friends and peers, like this one: a young and very eager researcher

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