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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.

 
  

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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.

 

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