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Swiss proponents of basic income dump 8 million coins in a public square, one for each Swiss resident.

Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?

By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016

Next week, the Swiss will vote on providing all of their citizens with a basic level of income. What might that do to their happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?

 
  

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The Benefits of Feeling Awe

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016

We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.

 

A Simple Story Can Improve Students’ Grades in Science

By Kira M. Newman | May 27, 2016

According to a new study, reading about scientists’ struggles can help students who aren’t doing so well in science.

 

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy

By Mariah Flynn | May 26, 2016

According to a new study, considering students' perspectives cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

By Jill Suttie | May 25, 2016

In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.

 

How Teachers Can Help Students Who Fail in Class to Succeed at Life

By Mark Katz | May 24, 2016

There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?

 

Five Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Teens

By Karen Bluth | May 23, 2016

Karen Bluth shares the highs, lows, and lessons from teaching mindfulness at a low-income high school.

 

Living with a Purpose Changes Everything

By Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016

According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.

 

Where to Find Wisdom in the Body

By Jill Suttie | May 19, 2016

According to a new study, people with higher heart rate variability are wiser—when they make an effort to be objective.

 

Awe Quiz

By Jason Marsh | May 18, 2016
 

How Mindfulness is Changing Law Enforcement

By Jill Suttie | May 18, 2016

Meditation is helping police officers to de-escalate volatile situations, improve community relations—and improve their own well-being.

 
Adapted from Dacher Keltner's new book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (Penguin Press, May 17, 2016)

How to Find Your Power—and Avoid Abusing It

By Dacher Keltner | May 17, 2016

In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.

 

Does Forgiveness Make Kids Happier?

By Sarah Wheeler | May 16, 2016

A new study suggests that children are happier when they’re more forgiving toward their friends.

 
Kendall Bronk is an Associate Professor of developmental psychology in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Claremont Graduate University.

How to Talk with Teens about Purpose

By Jill Suttie | May 13, 2016

A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.

 

Spending Money on Others Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

By Elizabeth Hopper | May 12, 2016

According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.

 

How Awe Sharpens Our Brains

By Michelle Lani Shiota | May 11, 2016

According to emerging research, we're better thinkers when we're feeling awe.

 
Explore awe in depth at The Art & Science of Awe, an inspiring day-long event on June 4 at UC Berkeley or via webcast.

Why Do We Feel Awe?

By Dacher Keltner | May 10, 2016

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.

 

Happy People Don’t Need to Feel Superior

By Kira M. Newman | May 9, 2016

A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.

 
Scribner, May 2016, 352 pages

Is Grit the Key to Success?

By Jill Suttie | May 6, 2016

A new book extolls the power of passion and perseverance, but is the research strong enough?

 

Where Does Kindness Come From?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 5, 2016

A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.

 

Ten Changes New Parents Face

By Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016

Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.

 

Feeling Entitled to a Little Gratitude This Mother’s Day?

By Christine Carter | May 3, 2016

Christine Carter gets to the heart of the resentment she feels on Mother's Day.

 

Three Ways to Make a Teacher Feel Appreciated

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 2, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week is here, not a moment too soon. How can parents and students help teachers to see their own strengths?

 

You Can Be More Productive Without Sacrificing Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 29, 2016

A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.

 

How to Build an Inclusive School Community During a Divisive Election

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 28, 2016

A new report finds that the presidential election is having a negative impact on students. What can educators do?

 

How Positive Media Can Make Us Better People

By Sophie H. Janicke | April 27, 2016

Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.

 

When Taking Risks is Good for Teens

By Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016

Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.

 

Does Mind-Wandering Make You Less Caring?

By Hooria Jazaieri | April 25, 2016

According to a new study, how caring we are is linked to how much we pay attention to the present moment.

 
TarcherPerigee, 2016, 320 pages

Are Boundaries Overrated?

By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016

A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.

 

Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

By Tchiki Davis | April 21, 2016

A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.

 

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Forgive Betrayal

By Kirra Dickinson | April 20, 2016

According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.

 

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