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Why Empathy Matters

By Jill Suttie | November 21, 2014

A new book argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.

 
  

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How to Practice Radical Gratitude

By Christine Carter | November 19, 2014

Are you burnt out on gratitude even before Thanksgiving? Christine Carter offers three ways to keep your feelings of gratefulness fresh.

 

Gratitude Greatest Hits

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2014

During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!

 

Three Benefits To Mindfulness at Work

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 17, 2014

Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.

 

21 Ways to “Give Good No”

By Christine Carter | November 13, 2014

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

 

Five Ways to Foster Interracial Friendship in Schools

By Jill Suttie | November 12, 2014

New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.

 

Can Diversity Make You a Better Communicator?

By Summer Allen | November 10, 2014

A new study finds that people with diverse social roles show stronger brain responses to nonverbal signals from other people.

 

Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution

By Christine Carter | November 4, 2014

Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.

 

Which Countries Are Happiest in “The Science of Happiness”?

By Juliana Breines | November 3, 2014

See how the happiness levels of students in our online course vary depending on where they live.

 

Just One Thing: Be Amazed

By Rick Hanson | October 30, 2014

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

 

Four Reasons to Stay Single

By Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014

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

 

The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | 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

By Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014

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

 

Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | October 23, 2014
 

The Three Components of Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | October 21, 2014
 

Social Connection in “The Science of Happiness”

By Tchikima Davis | 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? Take our emotional intelligence quiz!

The Right Way to Get Angry

By Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener | 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

By Vicki Zakrzewski | 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?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | October 15, 2014

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

 

Do We Need God to Feel Awe?

By Tania Lombrozo | October 9, 2014

New studies are exploring the scientific basis for feelings of reverence and wonder.

 

Making Gratitude Viral

By Nipun Mehta | October 8, 2014
 

Cultivating Gratitude in the Workplace

By Chris Murchison | October 6, 2014
 

When Does Power Hurt Romance?

By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014

Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.

 
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What is a Good Life?

By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014

A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

 

How Can We Cultivate Gratitude in Schools?

By Giocomo Bono | September 29, 2014
 

How Does Gratitude Affect Romantic Relationships?

By Sara Algoe | September 29, 2014
 

Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

By Rick Hanson | September 26, 2014

We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?

 

How Parents Can Foster Gratitude in Kids

By Andrea Hussong | September 24, 2014
 
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The Social Artist

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014

A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.

 

Challenges to Gratitude Research

By Alex Wood | September 22, 2014
 

Who is Happiest?

By Tchikima Davis | September 19, 2014

We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."

 

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