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.
Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.
Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.
Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?
Other people can make us anxious. Sometimes the fear is justified, says Rick Hanson, but most of the time, it's not. How can we overcome those needless fears?
Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.
Every day, we face pressures from within and from without. Rick Hanson suggests a new way to deal with them.
Sometimes things are difficult—and we can make it worse by telling ourselves that "things shouldn't be this way." But Rick Hanson suggests an alternative.
A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.
We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.
Feeling chained to your to-do list? Rick Hanson suggests four ways to break free from busyness.
Criticism is unavoidable, but we add to its pain with the jabs we give ourselves. There's a better way, says Rick Hanson.
Ill will creates negative, vicious cycles, says Rick Hanson. But with a few simple steps, we can aim our will at creating good feelings.
Our brains crave connection. But sometimes disconnecting from technology is the best way to reconnect with each other, and ourselves.
Dependence is nothing to be ashamed of, says Rick Hanson—and accepting our natural interdependence can make us stronger.
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.
New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.
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