Making joy a goal may not be the best idea. According to a study in the journal Emotion, women who place a high premium on happiness tend to be more depressed, perhaps because they feel disappointed with their failure to meet their high standards.
Some of us are born smiling; most of us have to work at it. This may take learning some new techniques and unlearning some old mental habit--but the joyful news from the frontiers of science and psychology is that mood is malleable and happiness is yours for the choosing.
Declutter your life! Our March issue features a complete guide to streamlining your life, from Peter Walsh's 30-Day Organization Challenge to innovative ways to clear your mind. Plus, go behind the scenes of Oprah's yard sale and find out how you can improve the world with a simple "hello."