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How Ford Fosters Mindfulness at Work

By Mark Higbie | February 8, 2016
 

Why Bring Mindfulness to Work?

By Richard Fernandez | February 8, 2016
 

How Positive Thinking Can Backfire

By Nathan Collins | February 5, 2016

According to a new study, positive daydreaming may lead to depression down the road.

 
Simon & Schuster, 2015, 287 pages

It’s Our Job to Rescue Kids from Burnout

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2016

A new book argues that overscheduling and overtesting our kids isn't helping them learn better—and is hurting their health and happiness.

 

Why Working Longer Won’t Make You More Productive

By Christine Carter | February 3, 2016

Christine Carter calls for a new conception of the “ideal worker"—one that doesn't involve working long hours.

 

Friends Help Our Health As We Age

By Kira M. Newman | February 2, 2016

A new study suggests that the quality of adult relationships matters more to our health than their quantity.

 

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016

Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.

 

The Four Constituents of Well-Being

By Richard J. Davidson | January 29, 2016
 

Well-Being Is a Skill

By Richard J. Davidson | January 29, 2016
 

Fighting Stereotypes Is Good for All Students

By Clifton B. Parker | January 28, 2016

In a new study, everyone's grades improved when African-American students felt less threatened.

 

Five Ways to Put Self-Compassion into Therapy

By Tim Desmond | January 27, 2016

Tim Desmond offers practical strategies from his new book on integrating the science of self-compassion into clinical treatment.

 

What Happens to Kids When Parents Fight

By Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016

Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.

 

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Kinder

By Jill Suttie | January 25, 2016

New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.

 

How Songs Help Children Bond

By Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016

A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.

 

Can We Be Mindful at Work Without Meditating?

By Leah Weiss | January 21, 2016

Leah Weiss explains how to bring more awareness, compassion, and purpose to work without a meditation cushion.

 

Ten Habits of Highly Creative People

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Gregoire | January 20, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire explore how to develop creativity as a habit and a style of engaging with the world.

 

Why Parents Sing to Babies

By Jill Suttie | January 19, 2016

Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.

 

What Leaders Must Do to Battle Bigotry

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Jason Marsh | January 18, 2016

Prejudice lies deep in the brain, but leaders can create the conditions to help us overcome it.

 

Altruism is Sexy

By Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016

In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.

 

When Kindness Helps Teens (and When It Doesn’t)

By Kira M. Newman | January 14, 2016

According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.

 
Free Press, 2015, 307 pages

Don’t Let Your Mind Be Your Worst Enemy

By Jill Suttie | January 13, 2016

Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.

 

How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 12, 2016

It's so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego.

 

Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | January 11, 2016

Many students go through high school bored and unengaged. Patrick Cook-Deegan explains what a purpose-driven curriculum would look like.

 

Against Mindless Eating

By Jill Suttie | January 8, 2016

A new book helps us to truly savor our treats without going overboard.

 

Just One Thing: See Behind the Mask

By Rick Hanson | January 7, 2016

Do you have the courage to look behind the eyes of another person?

 

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Relationship

By Kira M. Newman | January 6, 2016

A new study finds that men can shut down in the face of a romantic partner’s stress. Is there another way?

 
Barbara Ehrenreich

What Barbara Ehrenreich Gets Wrong about Gratitude

By Jason Marsh | January 5, 2016

In a New York Times essay, the bestselling author criticizes the “selfish side” of thankfulness. But does she misread the research?

 

To Change Yourself, Change Your World

By Kira M. Newman | December 31, 2015

If you want to keep a New Year's resolution, says the research, start by changing your environment.

 

How Fear Hurts Us

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015

In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

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