Studies of human strengths are not being replicated. Does the field face a crisis—or an opportunity?
Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.
Governments are starting to track happiness. Is it just a waste of time and money?
Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Is this the Golden Age of Paternity Leave? Not so fast. Here are tips for employees and managers to change their workplace cultures.
Rick Hanson asks: What kind of life would it be, never to rain on a parade, your own or anyone else’s?
Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!
Touch between humans can build trust and cooperation. But how do we feel when we touch machines?
Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says john a. powell. To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
Stress has a bad reputation, but that doesn't mean you can't become friends.
Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.
Our society has become addicted to short-term happiness. But there's a better way, argues Sarah van Gelder.
To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.
Some things are easy to give up, says Rick Hanson. But what do you do when they aren't?
Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?
The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others
We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.
Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.
Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.
New studies are exploring the scientific basis for feelings of reverence and wonder.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.
Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
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