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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.

 
  

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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.

 
The Women's March on Washington following President Donald Trump's inauguration

How to Sustain Your Activism

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | March 13, 2017

These three principles can help activists avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.

 
Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia

Why Don’t We Prepare Enough for Disasters?

By Jill Suttie | March 10, 2017

A new book outlines the psychological biases that get in the way of good decision-making—and what to do about them.

 
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Why Storytelling Skills Matter for African-American Kids

By Nicole Gardner-Neblett | March 9, 2017

For African-American students, storytelling skills directly predict their early reading skills.

 
Sallie Krawcheck

Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

By Laura Kray, Gillian Ku, Jessica Kennedy | March 8, 2017

New research explores how men and women think about moral decisions—and how women’s voices can benefit business and society.

 
Emily Esfahani Smith

What Are the Building Blocks of a Meaningful Life?

By Jenara Nerenberg | March 7, 2017

A conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith about the relationship between happiness, meaning, and modern life.

 
Casey the dog

How Dogs Help People Get Along Better

By Jill Suttie | March 6, 2017

A new study suggests that when dogs are around, groups are closer, more cooperative, and more trusting.

 

Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored

By Jill Suttie | March 3, 2017

A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset.

 
Fourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups. They are asked to write several drafts of essays to get used to revising their work.

Can Social-Emotional Learning Help Disadvantaged Students?

By Meredith Kolodner | March 2, 2017

New York City's experience with community schools illustrates the possibilities and pitfalls of a new educational model.

 

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

By Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner | March 1, 2017

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

 
Protest of President Donald Trump's "Muslim ban," an executive order that barred citizens of seven countries from entering the United States but was since overturned

How to Stop Teens from Fearing Immigrants

By Jill Suttie | February 28, 2017

A new study suggests that promoting empathy and cross-group friendships in children can buffer against the negative effects of parental and peer biases.

 

What Words Do You Associate with Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | February 27, 2017

The answer matters for your mental health.

 

What Would Buddha Do About the Economy?

By Jenara Nerenberg | February 24, 2017

Clair Brown suggests that the moment may be ripe for Buddhist thought to insert itself into Western economics.

 


When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Students Win

By Jill Suttie | February 23, 2017

According to a new study, training teachers in mindfulness can affect the whole climate of the classroom.

 


How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

Can You Change Your Personality?

By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2017

A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.

 

How to Hack Your Brain for Peak Performance

By Summer Allen | February 17, 2017

A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.

 

Does Your View of Happiness Shape Your Empathy?

By Jeanette van der Lee | February 16, 2017


Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

Why You Need More Nature in Your Life

By Jill Suttie | February 10, 2017

Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.

 

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