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.
Our December issue features Oprah's Favorite Things—as well as your chance to win them all! You'll also find our easy holiday declutter plan, Dr. Oz's guide to sleeping better (starting tonight) and the ultimate holiday menu.