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A boy stands outside his home following the devastating 2009  earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.

Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal from Trauma?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 26, 2014

Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.

 
  

Past Stories

Gratitude Journal: Yummy Dinners

By Janine Kovac | September 23, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Why We Overschedule our Children

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 22, 2011
 

Are Your Family’s Routines Working?

By Christine Carter | September 21, 2011
 
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Video: Are Your Family’s Routines Working?

By Christine Carter | September 21, 2011

Lindsay's bedtime routines get a make-over

 

Mindfulness Quiz

By Jason Marsh | September 20, 2011
 
Students participating in the PATHS social and emotional learning program.

Does SEL Make the Grade?

By Jill Suttie | September 20, 2011

Fueled by new research, the social-emotional learning movement is building momentum. Is it enough to make American schools change their course?

 

How Happy are Your Kids’ Friends’ Friends’ Friends?

By Christine Carter | September 19, 2011

It matters MUCH more than you think.

 

Understanding Neuroplasticity

By Rick Hanson | September 18, 2011
 

Can Scientists Predict How Happy You’ll Be When You’re Old?

By Bernie Wong | September 16, 2011

New research examines the factors that most affect our happiness as we age.

 

Gratitude Journal: The Joy of Children

By Janine Kovac | September 16, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: The Importance of Building Social Connections

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 15, 2011

Building family out of friends and neighbors

 

Feeling Connected Makes Us Kind

By Nadine Lueras-Tramma | September 15, 2011

A recent study suggests that our social connections inspire altruism.

 

The Importance of Building Social Connections

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 15, 2011
 

Less Busyness, More Flow

By Christine Carter | September 14, 2011
 
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Video: Less Busyness, More Flow

By Christine Carter | September 14, 2011
 
Free Press, 2011, 352 pages

Debunking the Myth of Human Selfishness

By Pelin Kesebir | September 13, 2011

Two new books explore the far-reaching science of cooperation.

 

How to Prep Your Kids for College

By Christine Carter | September 12, 2011

A Preschool through High School Guide

 

Is Love Best Expressed Through a Touch or a Smile?

By Nadine Lueras-Tramma, Raymond Firmalino | September 9, 2011

Summaries of new research on how we express our emotions and how to cope with rejection.

 
Hugs at Ms. Dawn's

Gratitude Journal: Back to School!

By Janine Kovac | September 9, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 
WW Norton, 2011, 480 pages

From Our Bookshelf: Trusting Relationships, Caring for the Caregivers

By Jill Suttie | September 8, 2011

A round-up of recent books: The Science of Trust, The Comfort Garden, and Applied Positive Psychology.

 
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Video: Why Parental Happiness Comes First

By Christine Carter | September 7, 2011
 

Kindness Makes You Happy… and Happiness Makes You Kind

By Alex Dixon | September 6, 2011

New research suggests that once you start doing nice things for other people, you might not want to stop.

 

Why Parental Happiness Comes First

By Christine Carter | September 5, 2011
 

Rick Hanson on Taking in the Good

By Rick Hanson | September 1, 2011
 

Are My Kids Already Over-Scheduled?

By Christine Carter | August 31, 2011

Dealing with back-to-school scheduling stress.

 

A Simple Bully Buster: Cooperative Learning

By Bernie Wong | August 31, 2011

A recent study suggests how teachers can promote kindness in the classroom, not competition.

 

Tuesday Tip: Let Yourself Feel What You Feel

By Christine Carter | August 30, 2011

One thing you can do today to be happier.

 

Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | August 29, 2011

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton explains how to make sense of conflicting scientific evidence.

 

Podcast: Nervous? How We Can Help Kids Transition Back to School

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 29, 2011

Tips for helping kids who feel anxious about school

 

Nervous? How We Can Help Kids Transition Back to School

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | August 29, 2011
 

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