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Green Cities, Happy Cities

By Heather Yundt | July 9, 2014

A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.

 
  

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Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness

By Lauren Klein | July 7, 2014

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.

 

Can Mindful Managers Make Happier Employees?

By Hooria Jazaieri | June 30, 2014

Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.

 

Need a Kidney? Go to a Happy State

By Craig L Anderson | June 13, 2014

A new study suggests that feelings of happiness might actually spur extraordinary acts of altruism.

 

Self-Compassionate Parents, Happier Teens

By Emily Nauman | June 9, 2014

A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.

 

Three Ways Mindfulness Reduces Depression

By Emily Nauman | June 2, 2014

Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Adults Who Were Abused as Children?

By Emily Nauman | May 19, 2014

A new study explores how mindfulness meditation might help women cultivate more secure adult relationships.

 

Can Mindfulness Improve Decision Making?

By Hooria Jazaieri | May 12, 2014

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.

 

Can Meditation Promote Altruism?

By Hooria Jazaieri | May 5, 2014

A recent study explores whether mindfulness can boost the intention to help others, even at a cost to oneself.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Kids Learn Self-Control?

By Sarah Wheeler | April 28, 2014

A new study explores how cultivating moment-to-moment awareness can help children defer gratification.

 

How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

By Neil Si-Jia Zhang | April 23, 2014

A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.

 

Which Kind of Mindfulness Meditation is Right for You?

By Hooria Jazaieri | April 21, 2014

A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.

 

Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?

By Lisa Bennett | April 17, 2014

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.

 

Can Mindfulness Make Romantic Conflict Less Stressful?

By Emily Nauman | April 14, 2014

Two new studies explore how attachment style, romantic conflict, stress, gender, and mindfulness interact with each other.

 

Can Mindfulness Helps Caregivers Care for Themselves?

By Emily Nauman | April 7, 2014

A new study explores if moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness can help people caring for profoundly disabled children.

 

Can Mindfulness Enhance Job Performance?

By Emily Nauman | March 31, 2014

It's Mindful Monday! A new study finds that mindfulness helps workers succeed in fast-paced, ever-changing environments like restaurants.

 
An albino rat prepares to help a trapped black-hooded companion.

Are Rats Born Racist?

By Bianca Lorenz | March 26, 2014

The answer is no, according to a new study. Social contact matters more than genetics in determining who gets help and who doesn't.

 

How Does Mindfulness Improve Self-Control?

By Emily Nauman | March 24, 2014

In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Stop Health Worker Burnout?

By Emily Nauman | March 17, 2014

Two new studies investigate how mindfulness can reduce depression and exhaustion among doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals—and get mixed results.

 

Does Technology Cut Us Off from Other People?

By Lauren Klein | March 12, 2014

Three new studies paint a surprisingly complicated picture of the role of mobile devices in our social lives—and suggest steps we can take to make the most of technology.

 

Feeling Self-Critical? Try Mindfulness

By Emily Nauman | March 10, 2014

New research shows that mindfulness may help us to stop comparing ourselves to other people.

 

What Bonobos Can Tell Us About Our Parents

By William Pettus | March 6, 2014

A recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.

 

Managing Stress with an Online Mindfulness Program

By Hooria Jazaieri | March 3, 2014

We know that face-to-face mindfulness courses can reduce stress. But can people reap the same benefits with an online program?

 

Can Mindfulness Help People Cope with Discrimination?

By Emily Nauman | February 24, 2014

A new study asks if mindfulness can help people who experience depression as a result of prejudice.

 

All You Need is Love, Gratitude, and Oxytocin

By Lauren Klein | February 11, 2014

A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.

 

Mindful Doctors, Happy Patients

By Emily Nauman | February 10, 2014

A new study shows that physicians with mindfulness skills communicate well with patients, and provide better quality care.

 

Can Mindfulness Foster a Healthy Body Image?

By Emily Nauman | February 3, 2014

How can we foster a more positive attitude toward eating and toward our bodies? A new study suggests that mindfulness might play a role.

 

Can Fostering Positive Emotions Help Stop Suicide?

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Devan Davison | January 15, 2014

Two new studies look at how gratitude, grit, and forgiveness can work together to cut suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

 

How Bullied Children Grow into Wounded Adults

By Bianca Lorenz | December 19, 2013

A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.

 

Scratch a Happy Adult, Find a Socially Connected Childhood

By Lauren Klein | December 12, 2013

A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.

 

Grateful Schools, Happy Schools

By Emily Campbell | November 18, 2013

New research on gratitude finds that it helps younger kids and at-risk students to be happier and more resilient.

 

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