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.
Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.
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