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Swiss proponents of basic income dump 8 million coins in a public square, one for each Swiss resident.

Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?

By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016

Next week, the Swiss will vote on providing all of their citizens with a basic level of income. What might that do to their happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?

 
  

Past Stories

How to Really Read Racist Books to Your Kids

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2012

A recent New York Times column suggests we have no choice but to ignore or excise racist imagery in children's books. But Jeremy Adam Smith offers another way, guided by research.

 

How Exercise is Good for the Brain

By Samuel Sakhai, Delia Fuhrmann | June 22, 2012

A recent study finds exercise does more than keep the pounds off, and another suggests you can spot a selfless guy by the shape of his face.

 

Just One Thing: Be Home

By Rick Hanson | June 21, 2012

Feeling confused about who you are? Rick Hanson says go home... and rest.

 

Podcast: How Good Are Your Habits, and How Strong is Your Willpower?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 21, 2012

Tips for boosting your ability to do what you want to do

 

How Good Are Your Habits, and How Strong is Your Willpower?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 21, 2012
 
The top line represents the "happiness" search volume index, 2004-2012. The bottom line shows how frequently "happiness" has turned up in Google News stories during the same period.

What We Google When We Google Love

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 19, 2012

Internet searches for positive emotions and behaviors are increasing; searches for negative emotions are staying flat. We don't know why, but we know people are searching for what's good in humanity.

 

What Motivates Kids to Help Others?

By Stacey Kennelly | June 19, 2012

A new study suggests even toddlers are motivated by compassion rather than the desire to get credit for good deeds.

 

The Psychology of Success

By Christine Carter | June 18, 2012

Part 1 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan discuss the growth mindset!

 

Gratitude Journal: Thanks for Happy Dads!

By Janine Kovac | June 15, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 
The Head Start program created this series of Fatherhood First posters "as an outward demonstration of support for men to become more involved in the Head Start program." Program staff use the language associated with each poster as talking points or conversation starters to encourage the participation of fathers and other men who may be interested in the program.

Four Steps to Father-Friendly Community Institutions

By William Marsiglio, Kevin M. Roy | June 14, 2012

Schools, hospitals, and nonprofits sometimes do a poor job of engaging fathers. But two researchers say that can change with four simple steps.

 

Podcast: Are We Too Critical?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 14, 2012

The specific type of feedback that works best

 

Are We Too Critical?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 14, 2012
 
Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2012, 272 pages

The Storytelling Animal

By Jill Suttie | June 13, 2012

A new book explores how stories make us human.

 

Six Obstacles to Father Involvement—and How to Overcome Them

By Jeffrey Cookston | June 12, 2012

A psychologist offers six tips to help dads be the fathers they want to be.

 

Fathers Have More Fun

By Christine Carter | June 11, 2012

This Father’s Day, let’s live vicariously through them

 

Does Playing Music Boost Kids’ Empathy?

By Stacey Kennelly | June 8, 2012

A new study suggests it does, at least when practiced in a group.

 

Does Ambition Make us Happy?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 7, 2012
 

Podcast: Does Ambition Make us Happy?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 7, 2012

And does achievement necessarily bring meaning?

 

Are Married People Happier?

By Stacey Kennelly | June 6, 2012

A new study suggests that getting hitched is good for our happiness.

 

Why People Are Not Feet

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 4, 2012

What's the best way to help build the resilience of loved ones? Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton says care, not tough love, is the key.

 

Eight Steps to Change Your Life

By Christine Carter | June 4, 2012

How to remain sane--and even productive--over the summer

 

Gratitude Journal: Off to Grandma’s

By Janine Kovac | June 1, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 
UC Press, 2012, 222 pages

Selling Compassion

By Jill Suttie | May 31, 2012

A new books explores what happens when corporations turn compassion into a commodity.

 

Podcast: Does Your Child Have “Problems”?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 31, 2012

Happy people see their problems as challenges

 

Does Your Child Have “Problems”?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 31, 2012
 

On the Blog in May

By Christine Carter | May 28, 2012

Being the best mom you can be, keeping your child safe online, gratitude vs. entitlement, divorce, and more!

 

Does Nature Make You More Mindful?

By Eve Ekman | May 25, 2012

New studies consider the links between nature and mindfulness, and between religion and healthy aging.

 

Podcast: Is Happiness Selfish?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 24, 2012

Will focusing on other people's happiness ultimately make us happier than if we focus on our own needs?

 

Is Happiness Selfish?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 24, 2012
 

Do Bad Grades + Violent Video Games = Violent Kids?

By Anna Jacobi | May 23, 2012

A recent study suggests boys who do poorly in school are more attracted to violent video games—and violent behavior.

 

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