Paula Felps


Live Happy Science Editor Paula Felps has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 1998. Covering topics ranging from health and fitness to luxury cars and travel to business and technology, she has written for such publications and websites as Executive Travel, American Driver, Self, Reserve, HI Luxury, Go Magazine, Private Clubs, and

Much of her writing has been on subjects that she is passionate about – including music, environmental issues and personal wellness. She is the author of six published books and has served as ghostwriter or editor on nearly a dozen other book projects, ranging on topics from business to spirituality. 

In addition to her work as a writer and editor, Paula is an advocate for sexual abuse survivors and founded the Sexual Abuse Resource Network in 2011. When she isn’t at her computer, she is probably practicing yoga or doing something with her two Boston terriers.   

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Ona Bouchie knows about the power of play

Born to Play!

Ona Bouchie knows about the power of play.
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Brittany Lang Is Grateful for Every Shot

The U.S. Women's Open champion starts each day on a positive footing.
Finland is the happiest country
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Strong Finnish

Finland takes the top spot as the happiest country in this year’s World Happiness Report.
Pile of shoes


Do You Really Need That?

4 Tips for Consuming Less and Saving More
FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)


Is Everyone Having Fun Without Me?

Social media and resulting FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) could be making us feel more isolated than connected.
Goat yoga class

Photographs ©Cindy Baldhoff

Goat Yoga Draws a Crowd

Baby animals delight sold-out sessions across the country.
Kindness mural in Chicago

Photos courtesy The Kind Way

Finding the Kind Way

Murals become a social movement to remind us to be kinder, live better.
Paula and Marcy: Best Friends for Life
Woman setting goals on her laptop.

Keep the Change

Use these goal-setting techniques to create lasting change in 2017.
Person writing a Thank You note

Discover the Hidden Power of 'Thank You'

Could practicing gratitude help us live longer and better?
Baby sleeping on a tiny bed

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5 Essential Tips for Getting a Great Nap

Adults need naps, too, so make sure you get the most out of it.
Floating Toward Happiness

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Floating Toward Happiness

Isolation therapy may be just the boost your brain is looking for.
Global Happiness in Dubai

Photograph above courtesy World Government Summit. All other photographs by ©Cindy Baldhoff

Advancing Global Happiness in Dubai

The World Government Summit weaves well-being into public policy.
Healthy Mind, Happy Mind

illustration by Shaw Nielsen

How to Tackle Stress for Good

Positive mental health is crucial to happiness—and more accessible than you think.
People celebrating International Day of Happiness
Playlist with breakfast

Can You Spice Up a Meal by Changing the Music?

New research shows that music affects the way we perceive flavor.
Give Your Job a Makeover!

6 Quick Tips for a Job Happiness Makeover

Sometimes you have to love the job you've got.
Man practicing qi gong outdoors.

Try Qi Gong to Discover Your Peaceful Center

This ancient Chinese practice fluidly combines meditation and movement.
Girl scouts in Cincinnati

Photo by Cindy Baldhoff

Scouting for Happiness

Cincinnati Girl Scout Troop launches ‘smile campaign’
International Day of Happiness in Renton, WA

Celebrating the International Day of Happiness in Renton, WA on March 19, 2016.

Happy Days Are Here

Lively celebrations for the International Day of Happiness sprang up around the world this year!
Happy Facts: Eat your veggies, catch some zzz's
Mo Gawdat of Google

Google's Mo Gawdat speaks at the World Happiness Summit in Miami. Photos by Cindy Baldhoff

World Happiness Summit Delivers Joy

Attendees from 35 countries gather in Miami to relax, learn.
Happiness panel at the United Nations
Be Part of Character Day on September 22

Take Part in Character Day, September 22 [Video]

Celebrate strengths, build connections and make positive change in the world.
Woman happy at work.

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What Really Makes Us Happier at Work?

New research looks at work-life balance and job satisfaction.
Group of coworkers

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Strengths in Numbers

New book illustrates how we can best put out strengths to work
Cute couple laughing hard together.
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This Is Your Brain on Humor

When you find something funny, your entire brain is in on the joke.
Illustration of animals with religious symbols on them

Illustrations by ©Sarah Walsh

Have a Little Faith to Find Happiness

Science and religion each have much to add to a life of joy and fulfillment.
Maya Angelou

© Cindy Baldhoff

The Voice of Hope

Maya Angelou's voice is as strong in her death as it was during her life
Learning to flourish can help you go beyond happy

Photograph by Johan Jeppson and Timothy Murray

Go Beyond Happiness

Learning to flourish can help you feel good and function well, even during challenging times.
People watching a happy movie
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Top 10 Happy Movies of All Time

Grab some popcorn, take a seat and get ready to grin until your cheeks hurt.
Compassion and Empathy


Dare to Care

Compassion and empathy reduce stress and boost health and longevity.
Jonathan Groff
Woman with idea lightbulb


5 Ultimate Happiness Hacks for Your Brain

Find peace and equilibrium when you pay attention to your central wiring.
Mindfulness Matters: Drastically change the way you think and feel.


Give Yourself a Mindfulness Makeover

Take control of your mind, body and well-being by living in the present moment.
Young Asian woman giving the peace sign.

Inclined to Be Kind

Whether giving or receiving it, kindness does a body good.
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Woman at a farmers' market

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5 Foods to Boost Your Mood

Some foods can give us a natural lift. Learn how to incorporate them into your daily eating.
5 Ways to Flourish

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5 Ways to Flourish

Positive Psychology's PERMA model sums up the road to authentic happiness.

Happy Acts celebrations in India in March.

Choosing Happiness

International Day of Happiness lives up to its name with worldwide celebrations.
Community garden

Green is Good

Research shows that even a small amount of green space does lots of good.
Attractive bearded man checks his social media on a laptop computer.

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How Positive Is Your Online Persona?

What you do online has repercussions in the real world.
Want to Start Meditating?


Ready, Sit, Meditate

Pick the kind that's right for you and get started!
Superintendent Aaron Sadoff with students
Superintendent Aaron Sadoff with students.

The Happiest Superintendent

Happiness is the top initiative for this school leader.
Three happy friends together
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Be Happy to Live Longer

Our thoughts and behavior play a bigger role in well-being than we realized.
Family walking on the beach


Naturally Happy

Spending time in nature is important for our mood—and our health
Living for Likes

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Living for Likes

When we obsess over how we present ourselves on social media it diminishes life offline.
Tao Porchon-Lynch still practicing Yoga at 99

Photograph by Jennifer S. Altman/Getty Images

The Tao of Tao

At 99, this yoga master proves that age is just a number.
Dancers in Bhutan

Happiness Around the World

The quest to thrive in life goes beyond age, country, belief and circumstance.
Woman waking up in bed and kissing her dog.

7 Science-Backed Tips for a Happier Morning

Not a morning person? Here's your well-being wake-up call.
Purple sad face listening to earbuds.

7 Happy Songs Guaranteed to Make You Cry

Science explains why feel-good tunes can move us to tears.
Keenan West Stands Up to Bullying

YouTube Star Stands Up to Bullying

Keenan West's message is all about speaking up for others
The Norwegian flag with hands in a heart-shape in front of it.

World Happiness Report Names Norway Happiest Country in 2017

The just-released report holds a few surprises this year.
Strands of DNA

What Can Telomeres Tell Us?

New research shows we can actually change our DNA to live longer, happier lives.
Happy older woman


How to Be Happy at 90

The results of this study on happiness and longevity will surprise you.
Find Happiness in Your Headphones

Illustrations by Shaw Nielsen

Find Happiness in Your Headphones

We know it can move our feet and fill our soul. But music can do wonders for our health and happiness as well.
Kids making music together
Emma Innocenti/

Rock ’n’ Roll Preschool

Studies show, kids who make music together develop more kindness and empathy.
Songwriting with Soldiers

Songwriting at The Linda, photo by Bryan Lasky

Veterans Reconnect Through Music

SongwritingWith:Soldiers program combines positive psychology, music to help military members heal.
Little girl holding up a globe.

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Can Happiness Save the Planet?

Positivity helps promote environmental awareness—and vice-versa.
Young woman looking at her phone with irritated look on her face.

Is Facebook Making Us More Jealous?

The green-eyed monster has taken root on social media.
Dancing Man in Cincinnati
Make Positivity a Priority

Soloviodva Liudmyla/

Put Happiness on the Calendar

New research shows why we need to plan for more joy in our lives.
People celebrating happiness on a beach.

Image above by FS Stock/ All images below from WOHASU in Miami by ©Cindy Baldhoff, 2017.

Summit Merges Meditation and Motivation

Miami happiness conference spurred fascinating discussions on future of well-being, mindfulness.
Friends with bikes walking
Jacob Lund/

Is Longevity in the Cards for You?

How to stack your deck for a winning hand.
Woman listening to music on her headphones.

What Is Your Healing Rhythm?

Listening to your favorite music is even more powerful than you thought.
How to deal with bad-news overload


How to Cope With Bad News Overload

When the news offers nothing but despair, these tools will help you stay balanced and keep the negativity at bay.
Map of the world.
Two women doing yoga and meditation
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Try Mixing Exercise and Meditation

The two practices are even stronger together.
Maya Angelou

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History Teacher

As Maya Angelou taught us, you must teach what you learn
“Belief,” filmmaker David Shadrack Smith

New Documentary Explores the World of "Belief"

Filmmaker David Shadrack Smith looks at rituals around the globe for film that premiers October 18 on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
Group of happy elementary school kids.
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Happy Schools Make Happy Children

As educators bring well-being into the classroom outcomes change for the better.
Couple holding hands

Main photo  ©Tim Robberts/Getty Images. Photo below of Suzann and James Pawelski ©Tony Baiada.

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Husband-and-wife team explains how to cultivate lasting love.
Man and woman getting married


The Truth Behind 3 Happiness Myths

Our long-held assumptions about happiness may be more fantasty than reality.
Is Your Fitness Tracker Making You Miserable?

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Is Your Fitness Tracker Making You Miserable?

For maximum well-being, stop counting steps and focus on enjoying yourself instead.
Woman admiring mountains and lake.

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Embracing Awe

This powerful emotion has benefits for the mind, body and spirit.
Celebrate the Fourth of July
Swizz flag
Woman meditating by a lake.
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The Real Meditation Is Every Moment

Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn wants you to stop doing and start being.
Woman working out on mountain

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Fit for Happiness

Get fit, feel happy. Or is it the other way around?
Positively Coincidental?


Positively Coincidental?

The science of synchronicity may make you reconsider those ‘moments of chance’
Man meditating on a mountain.
Top photo: Boiarkina Marina/ Bottom photo of Jack Kornfield by Deborah Jaffe.

Jack Kornfield Finds Freedom in the Moment

Focus on the now to live a more fulfilling life.
Woman tweeting on her phone
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You Are What You Tweet

Your words say more about your state of health and happiness than you might realize.
Tori Amos

Photo ©​ Amarpaul Kalirai/Mercury Classics 

Tori Amos Still Listens to the Muses

The genre-bending musician taps into creativity by looking outside herself.

The Power of Grit

Exploring the passion of perseverance.
Poster download
Illustration by Anna Godeassi

What Happiness Does for Your Health

Download your poster now for 5 benefits and 5 habits to pursue.
Apps designed for mindfulness

3 Must-Have Mindfulness Apps

Mindfulness can come from anywhere, including your iphone and tablet.
People in a POUND fit class

Photograph ©Brita Potenza

Your Mind on the Move

New studies show the many ways exercise can boost your brain.
#HappyFacts: Happiness is Contagious
Hayley Williams of Paramore

© Pamela Littky

Happy Exception

Paramore's Hayley Williams remains an optimist
Home Loan

Ron Sturgeon, fiancee Linda Allen with Catherine and Amber Jenkins and their service dog, Maggie.

Home Loan

Texas mogul helps tornado victims in time of need.
Man on vacation at the beach.
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5 Reasons You Need a Vacation

Travel expands our minds and gives our well-being a boost.
Retro dancers get down
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Do a Happy Dance

Dancing does more than spread joy; it also helps your health.
Man trying to be happy

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Are You Trying Too Hard to Be Happy?

Relax, it's OK to experience the full spectrum of emotions, from light to dark.
Pound fitness helps teen

Sarah Knobloch, right, and Kathy Larkins Moore, a fitness instructor in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pound it Out

Hip-hop music and and a drum-based fitness routine help teen overcome serious brain injury.
Shower Up Nashville

Photos courtesy of Nashville Street Barbers

Actress Laura Prepon

Orange Is the New Black Character Writes Book

Cleary Wolters has found a new purpose in life: tell her own story and help others avoid her fate.
'Gratitude' written on a notepad

Choose a Word of the Year to Create Real Change

A word with true meaning can be a touchstone during the ups and downs of 2017.
Greek landscape with ocean

Greece: ©Chris Christo/Getty Images

Find Your Blue Zone for a Long and Happy Life

Change your environment, says new book, to find health and fulfillment.

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