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How Positive Thinking Can Backfire

By Nathan Collins | February 5, 2016

According to a new study, positive daydreaming may lead to depression down the road.

 
  

Past Stories

Friends Help Our Health As We Age

By Kira M. Newman | February 2, 2016

A new study suggests that the quality of adult relationships matters more to our health than their quantity.

 

Fighting Stereotypes Is Good for All Students

By Clifton B. Parker | January 28, 2016

In a new study, everyone's grades improved when African-American students felt less threatened.

 

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Kinder

By Jill Suttie | January 25, 2016

New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.

 

How Songs Help Children Bond

By Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016

A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.

 

Why Parents Sing to Babies

By Jill Suttie | January 19, 2016

Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.

 

Altruism is Sexy

By Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016

In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.

 

When Kindness Helps Teens (and When It Doesn’t)

By Kira M. Newman | January 14, 2016

According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.

 

Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Relationship

By Kira M. Newman | January 6, 2016

A new study finds that men can shut down in the face of a romantic partner’s stress. Is there another way?

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

Mindfulness Is Good for Your Heart—and Your Waistline

By Adam Hoffman | December 23, 2015

Two new studies suggest that mindful people have a lower risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

 

Are the Rich Really Less Generous?

By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015

A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.

 

When Going Along with the Crowd May be Good for Teens

By Jill Suttie | December 3, 2015

A new study finds that focusing on the group as a teen predicts better health as an adult.

 

How Gratitude Helps Couples Through Hardship

By Adam Hoffman | November 17, 2015

A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.

 

What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like?

By Adam Hoffman | November 16, 2015

"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.

 

How Friends Help Us Grow Old

By Jill Suttie | November 13, 2015

A new study suggests that we need a lot of social contact when we’re younger—but as we age, we need to focus on closeness.

 

Attention is the Secret to Virtue

By Art Markman | November 6, 2015

You don't necessarily need to convince people to change their behavior. You might just need to get them to pay attention to what they're doing.

 

Can Mindful Employees Make Happier Customers?

By Kira M. Newman | November 2, 2015

A recent study finds that client satisfaction goes up when employees cultivate moment-to-moment awareness.

 

Why Americans Struggle to be Happy

By Jill Suttie | October 26, 2015

A new cross-cultural study finds that we should pursue stronger social ties, not happiness.

 

Are Americans Really More Narcissistic?

By Nathan Collins | October 23, 2015

A new study suggests that Americans "are moderately narcissistic people living in a highly narcissistic culture."

 

How Mindfulness Improves Sleep

By Adam Hoffman | October 19, 2015

Work can be stressful. A new study suggests that even short meditation training can reduce stress and improve sleep quality.

 

Does Forgiveness Make Men Feel Weak?

By Kira M. Newman | October 14, 2015

A new study suggests that men and women might experience forgiveness differently.

 

Evidence Mounts That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience

By Tom Jacobs | October 12, 2015

Researchers argue that's a major reason why the practice is so beneficial.

 
Can Don Draper from the TV series Mad Men increase your emotional intelligence?

Watching TV Can Boost Emotional Intelligence

By Tom Jacobs | October 2, 2015

A new study finds that watching high-quality television dramas can increase our ability to read other people's emotions.

 

How Parents Influence Early Moral Development

By Jill Suttie | September 29, 2015

A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.

 

How Inequality Can Make Wealthy People Less Cooperative

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2015

A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.

 

How Good Cheer Spreads Through Teen Social Networks

By Tom Jacobs | September 14, 2015

A new study finds that surrounding yourself with emotionally healthy friends is an effective way to avoid—or recover from—depression.

 

Can Mindfulness Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges?

By Kira M. Newman | September 10, 2015

Binge-drinking students have lower grades, worse health, and more legal problems. A new study suggests a strategy that might help.

 

How to Be More Patient (and Why It’s Worth It)

By Art Markman | August 28, 2015

Research reveals why waiting just a little longer can lead to real benefits.

 

How Kindness Can Define Who You Are

By Nathan Collins | August 24, 2015

Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.

 

How Loved Children Become Giving Adults

By Josh Elmore | August 20, 2015

A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.

 

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