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People Who Feel Excluded Are Susceptible to Conspiracy Theories

By Tom Jacobs | October 27, 2016

New research provides a possible clue as to why so many Donald Trump supporters believe outlandish things.


Past Stories

How You Can Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle

By Kelly McGonigal | October 26, 2016

You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.


Seven Ways to Cultivate Joy and Empathy in Math Class

By Jill Halpern | October 25, 2016

One educator shares tales of teaching life lessons to her students, alongside integrals and exponentials.


When Women Are More Likely to Lie

By Pamela Tom | October 24, 2016

A new study reveals how gender and social pressure drive unethical decisions.

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (New Press, 2016, 288 pages)

Scaling the Empathy Wall

By Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016

In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.


People Who Trust Technology Are Happier

By Deborah Yip | October 20, 2016

Whether you're religious or not, putting your faith in science and technology could be good for you, a new study suggests.


Four Steps to Feeling Better about Yourself

By Tchiki Davis | October 19, 2016

Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.


Changing Diapers as Foreplay

By Erica Reischer | October 18, 2016

Research on couples shows a surprising way to improve intimacy after having kids.


Six Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

By Ellen Rand | October 17, 2016

Ellen Rand shares the lessons she’s learned about preparing for the death of a loved one.


Is Pride Really a Sin?

By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.


What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom

By Teresa Belton | October 13, 2016

When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?


Eight Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

By Christine Carter | October 12, 2016

Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.


How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation

By Kira M. Newman | October 11, 2016

A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.


How to Awaken Joy in Kids

By James Baraz, Michele Lilyanna | October 10, 2016

These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.


How to Help Children Unleash Their Potential

By Diana Divecha | October 7, 2016

Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.


How to Teach Happiness at School

By Ilona Boniwell | October 6, 2016

We can teach students crucial skills of well-being without overhauling the curriculum, Ilona Boniwell explains.


How to Find Prejudice Hidden in Our Words

By Jenn Director Knudsen | October 5, 2016

The language we choose reflects our implicit biases—but according to a new study, mindfulness can help.


Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

By Kira M. Newman | October 4, 2016

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.


Are You a Gardener or a Carpenter for Your Child?

By Jill Suttie | October 3, 2016

Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.


How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?

By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016

Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.


Why Do Some People Love Sad Music?

By Tuomas Eerola | September 29, 2016

According to a new study, empathy plays a role in how we respond to depressing tunes.


Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier

By Raj Raghunathan | September 28, 2016

We all have a deep-seated drive to feel in control. But taking it too far can make you miserable.


Can Mindfulness Help Parents and Preteens Have Better Relationships?

By Summer Allen | September 27, 2016

A new study combines training, brain scans, and reports from kids to understand the impact of mindfulness on parenting tweens.


When Should You Forgive Your Partner?

By Amie M. Gordon | September 26, 2016

According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.


Should You Ask Your Children to Apologize?

By Craig Smith | September 23, 2016

When kids say sorry, are they learning a lesson or just parroting empty words?


How Background Music Influences Our Behavior at Work

By Jill Suttie | September 22, 2016

A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.


Can Empathy Improve Policing?

By Jill Suttie | September 21, 2016

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.


For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

By Kira M. Newman | September 20, 2016

According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.


How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

By Christine Carter | September 19, 2016

Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.


Could Gay-Straight Alliances Reduce Bullying?

By Robert Marx, Heather Hensman Kettrey | September 16, 2016

Thousands of these organizations exist. Could they make a difference?

Richard Louv's new book is Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community (Algonquin Books, 2016, 304 pages)

How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Jill Suttie | September 15, 2016

Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.


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