A new study suggests that experience trumps intellectual knowledge when it comes to fostering compassion.
Research has found that right-wingers report being happier than those on the left. But a new study calls that into question by measuring words and behavior.
What happens in Vagus… may make or break compassion.
A new study suggests we can add nature, art, and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories.
New research finds that the number of heart disease deaths in a county can be predicted by analyzing the language its residents use on Twitter.
A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.
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.
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