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
A new book argues that the success of an economic system may lie with the hormone oxytocin.
Part 3 in a series: Carter and Corrigan discuss how to praise kids effectively.
Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Having it All” essay in this month's The Atlantic raises important questions about men, women... and gratitude.
Do you feel stressed out and overly busy?
A new study suggests people are happier when they take time to appreciate the good things in life.
Part 2 in a series: Christine Carter and bestselling author Kelly Corrigan discuss why we need to be more focused on effort than results.
Contribute to our community gratitude journal.
A new study of twins sheds light on the complex links between biology and happiness.
Losing your mind? Stop judging yourself and come back to your breath and your body.
Obesity has become a public health issue. New research suggests moment-to-moment awareness does a better job of helping people control their weight than any diet.
Trying to make healthier food choices for you and your family? Psychology can help.
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.
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.
Feeling confused about who you are? Rick Hanson says go home... and rest.
Tips for boosting your ability to do what you want to do
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.
A new study suggests even toddlers are motivated by compassion rather than the desire to get credit for good deeds.
To get happier, you need to develop a personalized, strategic plan.
According to a new study, self-compassion may help us benefit from regret rather than wallowing in it.
What biological forces could help explain why some fathers are more involved with children than others?
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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"
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- 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
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