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Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. I would love to be happier — as I'm sure most people would — so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are actually backed up by science. Here are 10 of the best ones I found.

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Whether it's catching up on email, or working on a novel, the early morning or late hours of the night is when a lot of people finally start pecking their keyboard. But if you can help it, skip the late night sessions and save yourself some embarrassing mistakes and editing.

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If you've never sung karaoke, it might seem like a nightmare. You're standing in front of a bunch of random people, singing all by yourself, and praying the monitor with the lyrics doesn't go out. But a lot of your fears are unfounded, and there are plenty of things you can do to ease yourself into the spotlight.

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One of the key facets of any scientific study is that no matter what, its results are questioned and tested again. A number of popular psychological studies, like the idea that smiling makes you happier or that willpower is a limited resource, haven't held up to that scrutiny. They're not totally bogus, but they're not definitive either. Here's what's really going on.

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At one of my first "real" jobs, I was on a project with a group of workers who were notoriously manipulative. I buddied up with someone who seemed easygoing, though. During a meeting, our boss asked her why one of her tasks didn't get done. My easygoing friend flat-out blamed it on me. It was my first experience with a manipulative coworker and it was not fun.

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Coming out of the closet — that is, revealing your non-heterosexuality to others — can elicit a variety of reactions from great to horrible. Every time you do it, you're likely to learn at least one thing you wish you knew beforehand. Save yourself some trouble and learn from my mistakes.