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.
Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.
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.
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.
Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.
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.
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.
In recognizing the positive intentions in others, says Rick Hanson, we feel safer, more supported, and happier.
Our brains have evolved to see threats. What does it take to become aware of the good things in life?
New studies reveal how racism hurts health. But they also show how having the right attitude can mitigate bad effects.
Great companies have compassionate leaders, says Google's "Jolly Good Fellow."
Self-forgiveness is critical to well-being—but it has a dark side. Here are four steps to healthy self-forgiveness, based on recent research.
Messing up is easy, says Rick Hanson. But forgiving yourself takes practice.
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
Psychologist and author Shauna Shapiro explains new research into how meditation changes the brain.
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