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Making SEL the DNA of a School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 27, 2017

School and district leaders share their stories of how they are infusing SEL into everything they do.

 
  

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How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation

By Dacher Keltner | April 24, 2017

Tap into a deeper sense of purpose and well-being with a 360° guided mindfulness practice through Muir Woods in California.

 

How to Change the Story about Students of Color

By Dena Simmons | April 18, 2017

Dena Simmons explores how educators can inadvertently harm students of color—and what we can do to bring out their best.

 

Confessions of a Bad Meditator

By Christine Carter | April 17, 2017

Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.

 

How to Stop Passive Aggression from Ruining Your Relationship

By Andrea Brandt | April 12, 2017

Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.

 

Four Ways to Make Gossip Less Toxic

By Jenny Cole | April 7, 2017

Gossip can be beneficial, if we do it the right way.

 

Five Tips for Teaching Advisory Classes at Your School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 6, 2017

Advisory programs, which are common in non-traditional schools, could help students improve their relationships and prepare for life outside school.

 

Nine Ways to Help Siblings Get Along Better

By Hank Pellissier | April 5, 2017

Squabbling siblings can have a better relationship if they learn the skills of forgiveness.

 
Malala Yousafzai, who stood up against the Taliban for women's education

Where We Find Heroes

By Kira M. Newman | April 3, 2017

For the students of our Science of Happiness course, heroism is all around us.

 

Why to Thank Your Partner for Doing the Chores

By Amie M. Gordon | March 30, 2017

Expressing appreciation can transform your relationship.

 
During the campaign for president, Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale found that Trump lied about 20 times a day.

Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump’s Support?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 29, 2017

Most people think lying is wrong—unless it’s for a “good” cause. This may explain why Donald Trump gets away with it.

 

How Teachers Can Help Immigrant Kids Feel Safe

By Amy L. Eva | March 27, 2017

Many children feel threatened by anti-immigrant rhetoric. Here's how educators can inform and support their students.

 

Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children

By Jill Suttie | March 23, 2017

How do we combat racial prejudice? New research reveals how parents influence the formation of bias in children.

 

Three Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

By Christine Carter | March 22, 2017

Times have changed, and so has the sex talk.

 

Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You

By Kira M. Newman | March 20, 2017

Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.

 
The Women's March on Washington following President Donald Trump's inauguration

How to Sustain Your Activism

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | March 13, 2017

These three principles can help activists avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.

 
Sallie Krawcheck

Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

By Laura Kray, Gillian Ku, Jessica Kennedy | March 8, 2017

New research explores how men and women think about moral decisions—and how women’s voices can benefit business and society.

 
Fourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups. They are asked to write several drafts of essays to get used to revising their work.

Can Social-Emotional Learning Help Disadvantaged Students?

By Meredith Kolodner | March 2, 2017

New York City's experience with community schools illustrates the possibilities and pitfalls of a new educational model.

 

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

By Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner | March 1, 2017

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

 


How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

What’s Good about Lying?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.

 

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

By Hooria Jazaieri | February 7, 2017

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

 
Chimpanzees

The Evolution of Gratitude

By Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017

How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.

 

How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom

By Martha Caldwell | January 30, 2017

When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom. 


 

Why Do We Throw Coins in Fountains?

By Peter Wogan | January 26, 2017

This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.

 

What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara H. Konrath | January 24, 2017

At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.

 

A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

By Scott Barry Kaufman | January 19, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

 

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