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Madeline Levine's new book tries to help parents resist entering their kids in the rat race.
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Our guide to yelling less during the holidays.
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Providing more structure over the holidays
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Neuroscience can explain why your kids have the holiday gimmees.
What are you grateful for this holiday season?
A new book, co-written by Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman, argues that schools are the best places to cultivate an understanding of our relationship to the natural world.
Research has identified what makes some gifts more meaningful than others. Here's how teachers can help their students get beyond elbow macaroni and glue.
One thing you can do today to be happier.
A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.
Because it isn't always all fun & games
What are you grateful for? Share it here!
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
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