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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.


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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.


Four Reasons to Practice Mindfulness During Pregnancy

By Kira M. Newman | August 17, 2016

New research is starting to suggest that mindfulness practice can protect the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.


Why It Doesn’t Pay to be a People-Pleaser

By Christine Carter | August 9, 2016

Christine Carter always tried to meet other people’s expectations—until she realized how out of sync with her own wants and needs she’d become.


Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | August 4, 2016

A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.


How to Stop the Racist in You

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | July 27, 2016

The new science of bias suggests that we all carry prejudices within ourselves—and we all have the tools to keep them in check.


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.


How to Save Your Marriage from Parenthood

By Amie M. Gordon | July 20, 2016

Amie Gordon offers five tips to maintain (or reignite) the spark in your relationship.


How Mindfulness Can Help Couples Cool Down

By Linda Graham | July 5, 2016

Linda Graham explains how therapists—and couples themselves—can prevent conflicts from spiraling out of control.


Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

By Shuka Kalantari | June 29, 2016

One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum—and for good reason.


How Music Bonds Us Together

By Jill Suttie | June 28, 2016

According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.


Do We Need More Empathic Judges?

By Jill Suttie | June 22, 2016

A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.


What Are Your Happiness Strengths and Weaknesses?

By Tchiki Davis | June 16, 2016

To get happier, you need to develop a personalized, strategic plan.


How Nature Helps Fathers Nurture

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen | June 15, 2016

What biological forces could help explain why some fathers are more involved with children than others?


Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Teen Depression

By Jill Suttie | June 14, 2016

New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.


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