Athletic success can be influenced by parenting
A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.
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Positive psychology has identified ways people can increase their happiness. But what happiness habits are right for you?
Part 6 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan talk about the importance of family meals.
Research explains why it's wrong to discriminate against overweight people—and also why it's important to help build mindfulness and self-control.
Kids need creativity for science and math as well as art!
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 vulnerability of our children transformed human relationships, argues Dacher Keltner, and made compassion essential to our survival.
A new book explores what makes you optimistic or pessimistic—and how to build optimism as a skill.
Think good luck is random? Think again.
Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?
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.
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?
Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful
Two new books explore how to curb bullying in the classroom and online.
More and more educators are helping kids develop empathy—and a recent contest highlights some of the most inspiring projects.
Part 4 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan discuss how to embrace failure
A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.
Why it isn’t selfish to take care of yourself FIRST
Amie Gordon offers five tips to maintain (or reignite) the spark in your relationship.
According to a new study, mindfulness may be the key to motivation.
Jason Silva, creator of “Shots of Awe” and host of “Brain Games,” discusses his attempts to hack emotions and evoke awe on demand.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
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...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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