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Just One Thing: Be Amazed

By Rick Hanson | October 30, 2014

Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!

 
  

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Four Reasons to Stay Single

By Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014

New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.

 
Studies say that kindness makes you more physically attractive...even in high school!

Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | October 15, 2014

A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.

 

Do We Need God to Feel Awe?

By Tania Lombrozo | October 9, 2014

New studies are exploring the scientific basis for feelings of reverence and wonder.

 

When Does Power Hurt Romance?

By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014

Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.

 

Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

By Rick Hanson | September 26, 2014

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?

 

How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

By Linda Graham | August 20, 2014

A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

 
We're pleased to bring you another installment of Rick Hanson's Just One Thing (JOT) newsletter, which each week offers a simple practice designed to bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.

Just One Thing: Be Mind Full of Good

By Rick Hanson | July 3, 2014

Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.

 
The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas discusses her work with improving the emotional intelligence of Facebook interactions at the second compassion research day.

Ten New Scientific Findings About Facebook

By Katherine Thorson | May 30, 2014

Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.

 

Just One Thing: Feel Whole

By Rick Hanson | May 26, 2014

Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.

 

Just One Thing: Recognize Suffering in Others

By Rick Hanson | April 2, 2014

Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.

 
Six photographs used by Silvan Tomkins in 1962.

Are Facial Expressions Universal?

By Paul Ekman, Dacher Keltner | March 12, 2014

Charles Darwin argued that we can detect someone’s emotional state by looking at her face. Does new research prove him wrong?

 

Just One Thing: Relax needless fear around others

By Rick Hanson | February 19, 2014

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?

 

Four Ways to Constructively Criticize Yourself

By Juliana Breines | January 9, 2014

Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.

 

Just One Thing: Enjoy the Freedom Not To

By Rick Hanson | January 6, 2014

Every day, we face pressures from within and from without. Rick Hanson suggests a new way to deal with them.

 

Just One Thing: Accept Difficulty

By Rick Hanson | December 10, 2013

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.

 

Do Wives Bear More Responsibility for Marital Happiness?

By Lian Bloch | November 13, 2013

A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.

 

Just One Thing: Feel the Support

By Rick Hanson | October 24, 2013

We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.

 

Just One Thing: Drop the Load

By Rick Hanson | September 11, 2013

Feeling chained to your to-do list? Rick Hanson suggests four ways to break free from busyness.

 

Just One Thing: Relax—You’re Going to be Criticized

By Rick Hanson | August 14, 2013

Criticism is unavoidable, but we add to its pain with the jabs we give ourselves. There's a better way, says Rick Hanson.

 

Just One Thing: Transform Ill Will

By Rick Hanson | July 10, 2013

Ill will creates negative, vicious cycles, says Rick Hanson. But with a few simple steps, we can aim our will at creating good feelings.

 

Tech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch

By Tiffany Shlain | June 28, 2013

Our brains crave connection. But sometimes disconnecting from technology is the best way to reconnect with each other, and ourselves.

 

Just One Thing: Accept Dependence

By Rick Hanson | June 4, 2013

Dependence is nothing to be ashamed of, says Rick Hanson—and accepting our natural interdependence can make us stronger.

 

Seven Paths to a Meaningful Life

By Philip Zimbardo | May 28, 2013

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.

 
The Roots of Empathy program (above) brings babies into classrooms to foster empathic skills. Evaluations have found that it reduces aggression, boosts emotional literacy, and creates more caring children.

Can You Run Out of Empathy?

By C. Daryl Cameron | May 20, 2013

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.

 

Just One Thing: Give Them What They Want

By Rick Hanson | May 2, 2013

Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.

 

Just One Thing: Make Good Bargains

By Rick Hanson | March 12, 2013

Life is full of tradeoffs between benefits and costs, says Rick Hanson—but the brain isn't always good at telling one from the other.

 

Just One Thing: Trust in Love

By Rick Hanson | January 31, 2013

Love is a lot like the air, says Rick Hanson. It may be hard to see—but it’s in you and all around you.

 

How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth

By C. Daryl Cameron | January 16, 2013

Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.

 

Just One Thing: See Progress

By Rick Hanson | January 9, 2013

As we look back on the past year, we'll be able to see things that have gotten worse. But Rick Hanson asks us to also recognize what's gotten better.

 

What Does “Good” Feel Like to You?

By Juliana Breines | December 12, 2012

Do you prefer to be relaxed or enthusiastic, peaceful or elated? Your preferred emotional states may seem individual, but research suggests they are largely shaped by culture.

 

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