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Do Feelings Look the Same in Every Human Face?

By Jill Suttie | November 30, 2016

A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.

 
  

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How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

By Christine Carter | November 29, 2016

Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.

 

How to Say Thanks Without Feeling Indebted

By Jill Suttie | November 23, 2016

Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.

 

Eight Ways to Stand Up to Hate

By Elizabeth Svoboda | November 22, 2016

Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?

 
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Why We Need Empathy in the Age of Trump

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.

 

Struggling for Gratitude after the Election

By Kira M. Newman | November 10, 2016

Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.

 

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

By Kira M. Newman | November 9, 2016

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

 

Three Activities to Help Students Deepen Their Gratitude

By Emily Campbell | November 8, 2016

How do we encourage students to move from saying thank you to actually feeling grateful? These classroom ideas from Open Circle can help.

 

How to Talk with Boys about Trump’s Attitude Toward Women

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 3, 2016

The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication? 

 

Three Gratitude Lessons for K-8 Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Nurturing Gratitude from the Inside Out, from The Inner Resilience Program, offers practical classroom activities integrating gratitude, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness.

 

Two Gratitude Practices for Building Trust Among School Staff

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Foster kindness and goodwill at your next meeting by saying “thank you.”

 

Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

By Jill Suttie | October 28, 2016

We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.

 

How You Can Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle

By Kelly McGonigal | October 26, 2016

You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.

 

Seven Ways to Cultivate Joy and Empathy in Math Class

By Jill Halpern | October 25, 2016

One educator shares tales of teaching life lessons to her students, alongside integrals and exponentials.

 

Four Steps to Feeling Better about Yourself

By Tchiki Davis | October 19, 2016

Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.

 

What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom

By Teresa Belton | October 13, 2016

When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?

 

Eight Ways to Help Teens Get More Sleep

By Christine Carter | October 12, 2016

Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.

 

How to Teach Happiness at School

By Ilona Boniwell | October 6, 2016

We can teach students crucial skills of well-being without overhauling the curriculum, Ilona Boniwell explains.


 

Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

By Kira M. Newman | October 4, 2016

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.

 

Why Losing Control Can Make You Happier

By Raj Raghunathan | September 28, 2016

We all have a deep-seated drive to feel in control. But taking it too far can make you miserable.

 

Should You Ask Your Children to Apologize?

By Craig Smith | September 23, 2016

When kids say sorry, are they learning a lesson or just parroting empty words?

 

Can Empathy Improve Policing?

By Jill Suttie | September 21, 2016

New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.

 

How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser

By Christine Carter | September 19, 2016

Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.

 

How to Raise an Environmentalist

By Jill Suttie | September 14, 2016

Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.

 

Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?

By Sophie H. Janicke | September 13, 2016

New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.

 

How to Avoid Picking Up Prejudice from the Media

By Amanda Sharples, Elizabeth Page-Gould | September 7, 2016

News, entertainment, and social media shape how we behave toward different groups of people. How can we limit negative influences?

 

The Trouble with Grandparents

By James Kirby | September 6, 2016

Kids and families benefit from having grandparents around. Here are some tips for keeping them involved without the stress.

 

Can Sexting Increase Relationship Satisfaction?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 1, 2016

The research to date says yes—but only in certain conditions.

 

How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities

By David Lichtenstein | August 31, 2016

Social-emotional learning programs have not traditionally targeted students with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. Here’s why they should.

 

Grit Needs Passion, Not Fear

By Christine Carter | August 30, 2016

Passionless persistence might lead to achievement, says Christine Carter, but will it make you happy?

 

The Trouble with Mindfulness Apps

By Stephany Tlalka | August 24, 2016

When your favorite mindfulness app says it’s based in science, check twice. Few actually are.

 

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