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Articles: What You Can Learn from PolyamoryBy 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.
When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom.
Articles: 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.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.
The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication?
Articles: Changing Diapers as ForeplayBy Erica Reischer | October 18, 2016
Research on couples shows a surprising way to improve intimacy after having kids.
Articles: The Trouble with GrandparentsBy James Kirby | September 6, 2016
Kids and families benefit from having grandparents around. Here are some tips for keeping them involved without the stress.
The research to date says yes—but only in certain conditions.
Text messaging can breed disastrous misunderstandings between people. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.
Research reveals how stress can get between you and your partner, and how to stay connected amid the chaos.
Articles: Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your RelationshipBy Kira M. Newman | January 6, 2016
A new study finds that men can shut down in the face of a romantic partner’s stress. Is there another way?
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: How Smartphones Are Killing ConversationBy Jill Suttie | December 7, 2015
A Q&A with MIT professor Sherry Turkle about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation.
Articles: Five Research-Based Ways to Say NoBy Christine Carter | November 25, 2015
It's easy to feel overtaxed at the end of the year. Christine Carter explains how to set some boundaries (nicely).
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
Articles: The Three Parts of an Effective ApologyBy Christine Carter | November 12, 2015
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
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The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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