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Why Kids Need to Learn How to Forgive

By Hank Pellissier | May 25, 2017

Peacemakers, poets, and researchers agree: Forgiveness heals hurts and is good for the forgiver—even the young one.


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Does Materialism Fuel Work-Life Conflict?

By Scott Behson | April 12, 2013

A new study says materialistic values can worsen conflict between family and work.


Meditation Makes Us Act with Compassion

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | April 11, 2013

A new study suggests mindfulness meditation can help us overcome the "bystander effect."


Three Things Immigrant Families Can Teach All Americans

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2013

Jeremy Adam Smith reports on new findings in family research, with a special focus on immigrants.

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Helping Kids Delay Gratification

By Jill Suttie | April 9, 2013

A new book explains how to help kids mature and improve their executive functioning… without relying on punishments.


April Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 9, 2013

From lessening the stress of testing to the neuroscience of learning, here's a round-up of our recent education content.


Meditating with Kids

By Christine Carter | April 8, 2013

Want to teach kids a simple meditation? Here's how I do "loving-kindness" meditation.


Meditating with Kids

By Christine Carter | April 8, 2013

Can a Bad Deed Lead to a Good One?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | April 3, 2013

A new study reveals how our frame of mind shapes our sense of right and wrong.

How good are you at spotting anger in the face of another person? Take our emotional intelligence quiz!

When Getting Angry Makes You Happy

By Lauren Klein | April 2, 2013

A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.


Dealing with “Gratitude Resistors”

By Christine Carter | April 1, 2013

What to do when someone is raining on your gratitude parade


How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part Two

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2013

Jeremy Adam Smith offers five more tips to help men find a happy fit between paid work and family responsibilities.


I Don’t Care How Big the Market Is: Those Are My Daughters

By Christine Carter | March 28, 2013

Our 12 year olds think thong underwear makes them cool


How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part One

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 27, 2013

A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.


Compassion for the Tested

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 26, 2013

School-testing season is here—and a little compassion can go a long way in relieving the stress for all involved.


Influencing Teens and Tweeners, Part 2

By Christine Carter | March 25, 2013

Five more ways to get through to adolescents.


Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn’t)

By Jason Marsh, Robb Willer | March 21, 2013

New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.


Stressed Out? Try Helping Out

By Shawn Radcliffe | March 20, 2013

A new study finds that helping others gives you a health boost.


Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

By Louis Cozolino | March 19, 2013

In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.


Why Mindful Parenting Works

By Christine Carter | March 18, 2013

One technique to put a little breathing room into your interaction with kids

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Too Many Bullies

By Jill Suttie | March 14, 2013

Emily Bazelon's new book explores bullying among kids—and finds the solution in fostering empathy among both kids and adults.


Just One Thing: Make Good Bargains

By Rick Hanson | March 12, 2013

Life is full of tradeoffs between benefits and costs, says Rick Hanson—but the brain isn't always good at telling one from the other.


March Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 12, 2013

From training kids for compassion to the neuroscience of learning, here's a round-up of our recent education content.


How to Influence Your Teen, Part 1

By Christine Carter | March 11, 2013

Ten ways to decrease their resistance to your wise advice.

Symon has faced the death of his mother, the births of his children, unemployment, divorce, and re-marriage (to Vienetta, at right). Though never economically successful, Symon's life reveals the importance of family and social connections to a happy life.

Five Life Lessons from “56 Up”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 9, 2013

The "Up" documentaries have followed 14 people from ages seven to 56—and in the process illustrated recent discoveries about the science of a meaningful life.


Podcast: Fostering Creativity in Kids

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | March 7, 2013

Tips for raising children who are great problem-solvers


Fostering Creativity in Kids

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | March 7, 2013

Training Kids for Kindness

By Brooke Lavelle Heineberg | March 5, 2013

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle explains how a trailblazing compassion training program expands children's natural capacity for empathy and kindness—even toward so-called "bullies."


Happiness Tip: Nag less

By Christine Carter | March 4, 2013

Increase the odds that your kids will do things the first time you ask


Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

By Robert McClure | February 28, 2013

As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges.


Looking for a Preschool?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 28, 2013

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