How to Get Mad

Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But can you stop it from getting out of hand?

Plus: The internal battle between success and compassion.

  • Just One Thing: Be Amazed Mind & Body, Big Ideas | October 30, 2014

    Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!

  • Four Reasons to Stay Single Family & Couples | October 29, 2014

    New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.

  • The Teenage Opportunity Education, Family & Couples | October 28, 2014

    A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.

  • Building Empathy in Healthcare Work & Career, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | October 27, 2014

    A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to spread empathy among health care workers.

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    Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion October 23, 2014

    Kristin Neff considers—and rebuts—some of the main objections to treating yourself with kindness.

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    The Three Components of Self-Compassion Mind & Body, Compassion, Mindfulness | October 21, 2014

    Kristin Neff, the world’s leading researcher of self-compassion and founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, explains the core features of self-compassion.

  • Social Connection in “The Science of Happiness” Big Ideas, Happiness | October 21, 2014

    Our online course has registered more than 110,000 students. Which of them feel most connected to other people?

  • Can you spot anger in another person? <strong>Take our <a href=“”>emotional intelligence quiz</a>! </strong>
    The Right Way to Get Angry Family & Couples, Work & Career, Mind & Body, Mindfulness | October 20, 2014

    Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?

  • The Battle Between Success and Compassion Education, Family & Couples, Compassion | October 17, 2014

    If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.

  • Studies say that kindness makes you more physically attractive…even in high school!
    Is Kindness Physically Attractive? Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Altruism | October 15, 2014

    A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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?

  • 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!"

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Children participating in the Mindful Schools program.
    Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Mindfulness | May 13, 2010
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