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  • Is Mindfulness Really Getting Muddied? Work & Career, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | May 1, 2015

    There's a growing backlash against mindfulness. But does it have any scientific basis?

  • Eight Ways to Achieve More While Working Less Work & Career, Happiness | April 30, 2015

    Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.

  • Why People Make Sacrifices for Others Big Ideas, Altruism | April 29, 2015

    A new study asks: Is costly altruism motivated more by self-centered distress or a compassionate desire to relieve another person’s pain?

  • Protesters in Baltimore take to the streets following the death in police detention of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
    Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice? Big Ideas, Empathy | April 28, 2015

    As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.

  • How to Turn Stress into a Good Thing Mind & Body, Mindfulness | April 27, 2015

    Stress has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean you can't become friends.

  • Why Humans Need Surprise Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | April 24, 2015

    A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, co-instructors for <a href=“https://www.edx.org/course/science-happiness-uc-berkeleyx-gg101x”>GG101x: The Science of Happiness</a>. You can still enroll for the self-paced course.
    Can an Online Course Boost Happiness? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | April 22, 2015

    Based on the results from our “Science of Happiness” class, the answer seems to be Yes!

  • A scene from the film <em>Alive Inside</em>.
    Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive? Family & Couples, Mind & Body | April 21, 2015

    A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

  • What Makes Us Thankful? Work & Career, Gratitude | April 20, 2015

    A recent study suggests that a belief in the free will of other people is key to our ability to feel gratitude when they do something to help us out.

  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose Education, Family & Couples, Happiness, Mindfulness | April 16, 2015

    Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

  • 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.

  • <a href=“http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393073777/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0393073777&linkCode=as2&tag=gregooscicen-20”> W. W. Norton & Company, 2013, 304 pages</a>
    Finding Morality in Animals Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Altruism, Empathy | July 9, 2013

    Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.

  • 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.

  • How to Stop Attachment Insecurity from Ruining Your Love Life Family & Couples | February 13, 2014

    Do you have commitment, trust, and attachment issues? Science helped Meghan Laslocky—and it just might help you, too.

  • 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.

  • 21 Ways to “Give Good No” Work & Career, Mind & Body, Happiness | November 13, 2014

    Saying “no” can be really hard. But Christine Carter has a three-step plan to get there.

  • How to Deal with Mean People Family & Couples, Compassion | April 15, 2013

    Hint: Don’t just turn the other cheek.

  • 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.

  • Measuring Compassion in the Body Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Compassion | March 9, 2015

    What happens in Vagus… may make or break compassion.

  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose Education, Family & Couples, Happiness, Mindfulness | April 16, 2015

    Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

  • 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.

  • Juan Estey
    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.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

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

  • Arturo Bejar, a Facebook engineer who has been leading its “social reporting” project, speaking at Facebook’s second Compassion Research Day on July 11.
    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?

  • 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!"

  • 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.

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

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

  • John Gottman on Trust and Betrayal Family & Couples | October 29, 2011

    The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.

  • 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.

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