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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?

 
  

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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.

 

The Science of the Story

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016

We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why.

 

How to Cultivate Ethical Courage

By Brooke Deterline | June 2, 2016

In the face of internal and external pressure, these three tips can help you stand up for your values.

 
Swiss proponents of basic income dump 8 million coins in a public square, one for each Swiss resident.

Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?

By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016

How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?

 

How Teachers Can Help Students Who Fail in Class to Succeed at Life

By Mark Katz | May 24, 2016

There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?

 

Five Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Teens

By Karen Bluth | May 23, 2016

Karen Bluth shares the highs, lows, and lessons from teaching mindfulness at a low-income high school.

 

How Mindfulness Is Changing Law Enforcement

By Jill Suttie | May 18, 2016

Meditation is helping police officers to de-escalate volatile situations, improve community relations—and improve their own well-being.

 
Adapted from Dacher Keltner's new book, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence (Penguin Press, May 17, 2016)

How to Find Your Power—and Avoid Abusing It

By Dacher Keltner | May 17, 2016

In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.

 

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