The other side of happiness
University of Melbourne psychologist Brock Bastian explains how life’s painful and difficult experiences play a very important role in producing happiness
The ugly truth
We say looks don't matter but University of Melbourne research finds more evidence that they do; understanding our response to ugliness can help counteract it
How COVID-19 could inspire us to a better future
COVID-19 has created new ways of working together but as restrictions ease, a University of Melbourne expert says what we do now and what comes next matters
Nanette, self-deprecation and when not to use it
Hannah Gadsby's Nanette highlights why Australians' tendency to self-deprecate needs to be handled with caution, says a University of Melbourne psychologist.
Why feeling pain is key to our happiness
University of Melbourne psychologist Dr Brock Bastian on the value of experiencing pain and accepting unpleasantness in our pursuit of pleasure and happiness.
(Don’t) always look on the bright side of life
University of Melbourne research finds societal pressure to feel happy could be bad for our mental health; even contributing to the prevalence of depression.