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How to Stop Teens from Fearing Immigrants

By Jill Suttie | February 28, 2017

A new study suggests that promoting empathy and cross-group friendships in children can buffer against the negative effects of parental and peer biases.

 
  

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What Words Do You Associate with Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | February 27, 2017

The answer matters for your mental health.

 

What Would Buddha Do About the Economy?

By Jenara Nerenberg | February 24, 2017

Clair Brown suggests that the moment may be ripe for Buddhist thought to insert itself into Western economics.

 


When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Students Win

By Jill Suttie | February 23, 2017

According to a new study, training teachers in mindfulness can affect the whole climate of the classroom.

 


How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

Can You Change Your Personality?

By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2017

A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.

 

How to Hack Your Brain for Peak Performance

By Summer Allen | February 17, 2017

A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.

 

Does Your View of Happiness Shape Your Empathy?

By Jeanette van der Lee | February 16, 2017


Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

Why You Need More Nature in Your Life

By Jill Suttie | February 10, 2017

Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.

 

Suffering May Lead to Extreme Political Beliefs

By Tom Jacobs | February 9, 2017

According to a new study, experiencing adversity may contribute to politically polarized attitudes.

 

What’s Good about Lying?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.

 

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

By Hooria Jazaieri | February 7, 2017

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

 

Can Meditating Together Improve Your Relationships?

By Jill Suttie | February 6, 2017

New research suggests that there are some unique social benefits to partner meditation.

 

How to Cultivate a Secure Attachment with Your Child

By Diana Divecha | February 3, 2017

A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.

 

How to Nurture Empathic Joy in Your Classroom

By Amy L. Eva | February 2, 2017

According to a new study, students perform better when teachers share in their joy.

 

The Evolution of Gratitude

By Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017

How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.

 

How Adults Communicate Bias to Children

By Jill Suttie | January 31, 2017

A new study suggests preschoolers can "catch" prejudice from grown-ups through nonverbal behavior—and it hints at solutions.

 

How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom

By Martha Caldwell | January 30, 2017

When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom. 


 

How to Combat America’s Creativity Crisis

By Michael Ruiz | January 27, 2017

A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.

 

Why Do We Throw Coins in Fountains?

By Peter Wogan | January 26, 2017

This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.

 

Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | January 25, 2017

According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.

 

What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara H. Konrath | January 24, 2017

At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.

 

Can Empathy Bridge Political Divides?

By Alex Shashkevich | January 23, 2017

Yes, says sociologist Robb Willer—but the effort needs to be respectful and mutual.

 

The Four Keys to a Meaningful Life

By Jill Suttie | January 20, 2017

A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.

 

A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

By Scott Barry Kaufman | January 19, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

 

The Most (and Least) Empathic States of America

By Tom Jacobs | January 18, 2017

New research finds levels of empathy vary considerably from state to state — and living among empathic neighbors improves quality of life.

 

Are Your Happiness Goals Too High?

By James Baraz | January 17, 2017

On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.

 

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