A new paper finds that cultivating a diversity of emotions—positive or negative—can make us happier and healthier.
Can we override hidden prejudice? A new study says, yes, it can be done—and the key might be mindfulness meditation.
Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.
A new study explores why sharing emotional experiences—even negative ones—makes us feel better
Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.
A new study finds that people with diverse social roles show stronger brain responses to nonverbal signals from other people.
Young people: Do you want to live longer? Try finding a sense of purpose in your life.
A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.
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.
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
A new study suggests that feelings of happiness might actually spur extraordinary acts of altruism.
A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.
Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why.
A new study explores how mindfulness meditation might help women cultivate more secure adult relationships.
A recent study asks if present-moment focus can help correct for the "sunk-cost bias"—our tendency to continue down a path because we're already so far along.
A recent study explores whether mindfulness can boost the intention to help others, even at a cost to oneself.
A new study explores how cultivating moment-to-moment awareness can help children defer gratification.
A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.
A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.
Two new studies explore how attachment style, romantic conflict, stress, gender, and mindfulness interact with each other.
A new study explores if moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness can help people caring for profoundly disabled children.
It's Mindful Monday! A new study finds that mindfulness helps workers succeed in fast-paced, ever-changing environments like restaurants.
The answer is no, according to a new study. Social contact matters more than genetics in determining who gets help and who doesn't.
In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.
Two new studies investigate how mindfulness can reduce depression and exhaustion among doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—and get mixed results.
New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
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