• How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed Education, Family & Couples | April 23, 2014

    A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.

  • Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We Big Ideas | April 22, 2014

    New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?

  • Which Kind of Mindfulness Meditation is Right for You? Mind & Body, Mindfulness | April 21, 2014

    A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.

  • Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change? Big Ideas, Empathy | April 17, 2014

    What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.

  • How to Make Grateful Kids Family & Couples, Gratitude | April 15, 2014

    A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.

  • Can Gratitude Help You Thrive? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Gratitude | April 15, 2014

    In an excerpt from her new book, Arianna Huffington explores how gratitude helped her to find meaning in pain and loss.

  • Can Mindfulness Make Romantic Conflict Less Stressful? Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Mindfulness | April 14, 2014

    Two new studies explore how attachment style, romantic conflict, stress, gender, and mindfulness interact with each other.

  • Why Do We Blame Victims? Education, Family & Couples, Compassion, Empathy | April 8, 2014

    Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.

  • Can Mindfulness Helps Caregivers Care for Themselves? Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Compassion, Mindfulness | April 7, 2014

    A new study explores if moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness can help people caring for profoundly disabled children.

  • Just One Thing: Recognize Suffering in Others Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | April 2, 2014

    Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

  • This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak Family & Couples, Mind & Body | February 15, 2013

    Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.

  • When Are You Sacrificing Too Much in Your Relationship? Family & Couples, Gratitude | August 15, 2012

    Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.

  • Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids Education, Family & Couples, Gratitude | March 5, 2014

    Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • The Neuroscience of Good Coaching Education, Work & Career, Mind & Body | February 18, 2014

    New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.

  • Should We Stay Together for the Kids? Family & Couples | November 3, 2009
  • Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | February 25, 2014

    A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.

  • Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal Gratitude, Happiness | November 17, 2011

    Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

  • Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Mindfulness | May 27, 2011

    Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.

  • Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate? Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | July 25, 2012

    Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Hands On Research: The Science of Touch Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion | September 29, 2010

    Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

  • Six Habits of Highly Grateful People Big Ideas, Gratitude | November 20, 2013

    Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

  • A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way Mind & Body, Empathy, Mindfulness | February 9, 2011

    A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • The Compassionate Instinct Big Ideas, Altruism, Compassion | March 1, 2004

    Think humans are born selfish? Think again. Dacher Keltner reveals the compassionate side to human nature.

  • Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain Education, Mind & Body | March 19, 2013

    In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.

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