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The Outside Guide to Happiness

Happiness is a state of mind. Here’s everything you need to know to achieve it.

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Sometimes the grass really is greener in a new place

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Science shows us that working hard to achieve a goal may increase our sense of satisfaction. Plus: how to measure how happy you are.

The Editors

The past year has been relentless in so many ways. But despite the challenges, there’s also a lot of good news out there to get you excited about the months ahead.

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From winding canyon roads and vast desert straightaways to historic routes and serene oceanside drives, the U.S. is home to some of the most awe-inspiring roads in the world. So e compiled 25 of the best byways—each loaded with joy-inducing adventure, scenery, and history.

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It's tough to maintain performance and well-being all the time. When the going gets tough, following these tips can help.

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At the University of Vermont, mathematicians in the Computational Story Lab are reading your tweets and learning a lot about our collective well-being

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Society has primed us to care about ego and status. Here's how to get past that.

You're addicted to your phone. You're loaded down by useless stuff. And you eat like a teenager. No wonder you can't find the time to play outside, see the world, and get in shape. Fortunately, streamlining your life—and having more fun—is easy: just do less. Here's how.

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From California's sheer cliffs to Oregon's craggy mountains, the west coast of the U.S. is home to some of the planet's most stunning scenery. Here's how to see the best of it.

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A grassroots movement of physicians are prescribing time outdoors as the best possible cure for a growing list of ailments. Can they really convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future?

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The National Geographic fellow on what he's learned from spending time with the happiest people on earth

The Editors

17 surprisingly easy steps to a happier, less strung-out life—starting with your vagus nerve

Can a grassroots movement of physicians convince big health care that free medicine is the way of the future?

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There's a lot to learn about the good life from sommeliers and hot-air-balloon pilots

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These six scenic byways will bring you across the most beautiful destinations on the East Coast

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The bestselling author talks to Tim Ferriss about the changes we can all make to transform our lives

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These simple strategies will lift your mood, get you outdoors, and help you spend more time doing what you love.

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A new United Nations report finds that Scandinavian nations continue to be the happiest in the world. Here's why.

Sarah Sturm was searching for a purpose beyond competing and found it through coaching young women

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Explore lonely desert roads, venture deep into Utah's red-rock country, or head for the high alpine of the Rocky Mountains

Mary Pilon

Americans are spending more money than ever trying to be happy, but all signs say that we're still pretty miserable

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How to embrace tough situations and use them in your favor

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Our writer and favorite curmudgeon completed UC Berkeley's ten-week Science of Happiness online course. Did it make him happier? Not really. But he still came away with some important, if obvious, rules to live by.

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Setting high goals is great, but how you deal with falling short determines how long you’re willing to keep chasing them

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Think the central states are mostly flat and boring? These seven scenic byways will change your mind.