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Making SEL the DNA of a School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 27, 2017

School and district leaders share their stories of how they are infusing SEL into everything they do.

 
  

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Want to learn more about burnout? Join us on April 29, 2017, for a day-long workshop on "The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It."

Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout?

By Summer Allen | April 26, 2017

A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.

 

Do Mixed Emotions Make Life More Meaningful?

By Kira M. Newman | April 25, 2017

According to a new study, we don’t have to feel good all the time in order to live a fulfilling life.

 

How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation

By Dacher Keltner | April 24, 2017

Tap into a deeper sense of purpose and well-being with a 360° guided mindfulness practice through Muir Woods in California.

 

How to Be a Lifelong Learner

By Kira M. Newman | April 20, 2017

The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.

 

When Teens Need Their Friends More Than Their Parents

By Jenn Director Knudsen | April 19, 2017

A new study suggests that teens may cope with stress better when they're around peers, rather than adults.

 

How to Change the Story about Students of Color

By Dena Simmons | April 18, 2017

Dena Simmons explores how educators can inadvertently harm students of color—and what we can do to bring out their best.

 

Confessions of a Bad Meditator

By Christine Carter | April 17, 2017

Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.

 

How to Keep Technology from Disrupting Your Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 13, 2017

Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.

 

How to Stop Passive Aggression from Ruining Your Relationship

By Andrea Brandt | April 12, 2017

Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.

 

How to Better Understand Your Child

By Diana Divecha | April 11, 2017

Pediatrician Claudia Gold wants to help parents and professionals discover the true reasons behind each child’s behavior.

 

What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy?

By Summer Allen | April 10, 2017

According to a new study, we overestimate how well we can read emotions in other people's faces.

 

Four Ways to Make Gossip Less Toxic

By Jenny Cole | April 7, 2017

Gossip can be beneficial, if we do it the right way.

 

Five Tips for Teaching Advisory Classes at Your School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 6, 2017

Advisory programs, which are common in non-traditional schools, could help students improve their relationships and prepare for life outside school.

 

Nine Ways to Help Siblings Get Along Better

By Hank Pellissier | April 5, 2017

Squabbling siblings can have a better relationship if they learn the skills of forgiveness.

 

How to Upgrade Your Gratitude Practice

By Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2017

According to a new study, your gratitude journal could be more powerful if you also express that gratitude to others.

 
Malala Yousafzai, who stood up against the Taliban for women's education

Where We Find Heroes

By Kira M. Newman | April 3, 2017

For the students of our Science of Happiness course, heroism is all around us.

 

How to Be Successful and Still Compassionate

By Kira M. Newman | March 31, 2017

A new book argues that helping others can actually help us achieve more.

 

Why to Thank Your Partner for Doing the Chores

By Amie M. Gordon | March 30, 2017

Expressing appreciation can transform your relationship.

 
During the campaign for president, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale found that Trump lied about 20 times a day.

Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump’s Support?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 29, 2017

Most people think lying is wrong—unless it’s for a “good” cause. This may explain why Donald Trump gets away with it.

 

Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?

By Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2017

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot.

 

How Teachers Can Help Immigrant Kids Feel Safe

By Amy L. Eva | March 27, 2017

Many children feel threatened by anti-immigrant rhetoric. Here's how educators can inform and support their students.

 

How Doctors Can Communicate Better with Patients

By Deborah Yip | March 24, 2017

Two new books suggest that we can improve communication and care in medicine with more mindfulness and presence.

 

Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children

By Jill Suttie | March 23, 2017

How do we combat racial prejudice? New research reveals how parents influence the formation of bias in children.

 

Three Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

By Christine Carter | March 22, 2017

Times have changed, and so has the sex talk.

 

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

By Jill Suttie | March 21, 2017

A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.

 

Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You

By Kira M. Newman | March 20, 2017

Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.

 

How to Awaken Compassion at Work

By Jill Suttie | March 17, 2017

A new book explains why showing compassion in the workplace can help employees and businesses to thrive.

 
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris with a patient

Is the Placebo Effect More Powerful Than We Think?

By Alex Shashkevich | March 16, 2017

According to a new paper, the health care industry could serve patients better by paying more attention to psychology.

 

Which Workplace Policies Help Parents the Most?

By Jill Suttie | March 14, 2017

New studies reveal how different policies affect parental well-being—and what obstacles we face in bringing them to America.

 

Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

By Kira M. Newman | March 14, 2017

Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.

 

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