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  • This essay is derived from <a href=“”><em>Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs</em></a>, which contains full references to all the studies mentioned.
    Can Connection Cure Addiction? Mind & Body, Big Ideas | January 27, 2015

    The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.

  • Mindfulness Helps You Feel Good about Helping Mind & Body, Altruism, Compassion, Empathy, Mindfulness | January 26, 2015

    A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.

  • Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder Education | January 22, 2015

    Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

  • How to Find Your Sweet Spot Family & Couples, Work & Career, Mind & Body, Happiness | January 21, 2015

    Jill Suttie talks with the GGSC's Christine Carter about her new book.

  • Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | January 20, 2015

    New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.

  • Tris in the film version of <em>Divergent</em>
    Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect Family & Couples, Work & Career, Happiness | January 19, 2015

    True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.

  • Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | January 15, 2015

    Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

  • Happiness Tip: Stop Checking Your Freaking Phone Mind & Body, Happiness | January 13, 2015

    New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?

  • Valorie Salimpoor, McGill University
    Why We Love Music Mind & Body, Big Ideas | January 12, 2015

    Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.

  • How Gratitude Beats Materialism Big Ideas, Gratitude, Happiness | January 8, 2015

    New studies reveal how to deliberately cultivate gratitude in ways that counter materialism and its negative effects.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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