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Why Can’t We Remember Our Early Childhood?

By Jeanne Shinskey | July 26, 2016

Research into "childhood amnesia" sheds light on how memories are formed and maintained.

 
  

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How to Raise an Olympic Athlete

By Christine Carter | August 13, 2012

Athletic success can be influenced by parenting

 

12 Steps to Happiness

By Stacey Kennelly | August 9, 2012

A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.

 

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 9, 2012
 

Podcast: Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 9, 2012

What to do instead of making empty threats

 

How to Be Happy: The Fine Print

By Stacey Kennelly | August 8, 2012

Positive psychology has identified ways people can increase their happiness. But what happiness habits are right for you?

 

Family Meals are Hugely Important

By Christine Carter | August 6, 2012

Part 6 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan talk about the importance of family meals.

 

How to Pass the Marshmallow Test

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | August 3, 2012

Research explains why it's wrong to discriminate against overweight people—and also why it's important to help build mindfulness and self-control.

 

Podcast: 7 Ways to Foster Creativity

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 2, 2012

Kids need creativity for science and math as well as art!

 

7 Ways to Foster Creativity

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 2, 2012
 

Being Kind Makes Kids Happy

By Delia Fuhrmann | August 1, 2012

A new study is the first to show that kids get a happiness boost from sacrificing for others, suggesting our strong inclinations for altruism.

 

The Compassionate Species

By Dacher Keltner | July 31, 2012

The vulnerability of our children transformed human relationships, argues Dacher Keltner, and made compassion essential to our survival.

 

The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

By Dacher Keltner | July 30, 2012
 

Secrets of the Vagus Nerve

By Dacher Keltner | July 30, 2012
 
Basic Books, 206 pages

Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2012

A new book explores what makes you optimistic or pessimistic—and how to build optimism as a skill.

 

On the Blog in July

By Christine Carter | July 30, 2012
 

Dacher Keltner on the Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

By Dacher Keltner | July 27, 2012
 

Podcast: Raising Lucky Kids

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 26, 2012

Think good luck is random? Think again.

 

Raising Lucky Kids

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 26, 2012
 
Arturo Bejar, a Facebook engineer who has been leading its "social reporting" project, speaking at Facebook's second Compassion Research Day on July 11.

Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate?

By Jason Marsh | July 25, 2012

Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

 

Just One Thing: Minimize Painful Experiences

By Rick Hanson | July 24, 2012

There is a place for painful experiences. But Rick Hanson explains how to minimize the harm they can do to our mental and physical health.

 

10 Steps to Savoring the Good Things in Life

By Stacey Kennelly | July 23, 2012

We get plenty of advice for coping with life’s negative events. But can we deliberately enhance the impact of good things on our lives?

 

Fostering Optimism and Confidence

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 19, 2012
 

Podcast: Fostering Optimism and Confidence

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 19, 2012

Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful

 
Northeast Foundation for Children, 267 pages

How to Bullyproof Your Kid

By Jill Suttie | July 19, 2012

Two new books explore how to curb bullying in the classroom and online.

 
The Changing Worlds arts and literacy program encourages children to learn about other cultures through dance and other performing arts.

Educating for Empathy

By Stacey Kennelly | July 18, 2012

More and more educators are helping kids develop empathy—and a recent contest highlights some of the most inspiring projects.

 

Let Your Kids Fail

By Christine Carter | July 16, 2012

Part 4 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan discuss how to embrace failure

 

Happiness is about Respect, not Riches

By Stacey Kennelly | July 13, 2012

A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.

 

Podcast: Happy Parent, Happy Child

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 12, 2012

Why it isn’t selfish to take care of yourself FIRST

 

Happy Parent, Happy Child

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 12, 2012
 
Dutton, 2012, 223 pages

Can We Find Morality in a Molecule?

By Jill Suttie | July 10, 2012

A new book argues that the success of an economic system may lie with the hormone oxytocin.

 

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