Even a specially-designed computer program can't figure out the secret to happiness

In a new study, researchers have developed an AI computer that can detect emotion from speech 71 per cent of the time according to Daily mail.

While the computer was fairly good at detecting calm, disgust and neutral speech, it wasn't so good at detecting happiness, and often mistook this for fear and anger.

Scientists have trained a neural network to recognise eight different emotions – neutral, calm, happy, sad, angry, scared, disgusted and surprised.

Choosing the right friends is the key to happiness

The best way to boost your happiness is to be very picky about who you spend time with, according to a neuroscientist.

Professor Moran Cerf says we stop wasting our energy making small decisions such as what we want to do or wear, and instead focus on the only decision that counts.  

Choosing the right friends is important because it causes our brainwaves to resemble those of the people we spend most time with, according to Daily Mail.

This means you start becoming alike, and pick up their desirable behaviours and ways of seeing the world without being conscious of it.

Brief exposure to nature really does improve your mood

New research shows that there's truth to the idea that nature and spending time outdoors can improve happiness. 

The study showed that if people simply take time to notice the nature around them, it will increase their general happiness and well-being, according to Daily Mail.

Even if it's just birds flying in a crowded city or a tree at a bus stop, noticing nature can also improve 'prosocial orientation' - the willingness to share and place value on one's community. 

The study examined the effects of a two-week intervention involving nature. 

Talk about planning ahead! Children as young as SIX spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future

From tying shoelaces to reading and writing, practice is essential for improving a wide range of skills.

And a new study suggests that from age six, children spontaneously practice skills to prepare for the future.

The findings suggest that it may be beneficial for parents to start having conversations with children as young as six about their future goals, and encourage them to think about and work toward those goals according to Daily mail.

Researchers looked at the development of deliberate practice.

Why going to your 'special place' makes you feel better

Whether it's where you got married, or a place you can remember going to with a loved one, everyone has certain places that are intensely meaningful.

And a new study has found that these places play a huge part in our emotional and physical well-being, according to Daily mail.

The findings underline the importance of caring for special places for future generations to enjoy, according to the researchers.

Researchers, used brain imaging technology to demonstrate how meaningful places impact our conscious and unconscious minds.