A new study suggests that children are happier when they’re more forgiving toward their friends.
According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.
A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.
A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.
According to a new study, how caring we are is linked to how much we pay attention to the present moment.
According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.
A new study compares different responses to bullying—and finds that forgiveness may have to wait.
New research suggests that mindfulness helps college students bounce back from poor performance and self-criticism.
According to a new study, mindfulness may lead to a happier, healthier parenting experience.
According to a new study, male rats like to cuddle after they get stressed out.
A new study discovers a neural circuit dedicated to music.
A study of moral values reveals issues related to purity can determine how close—or how far—we want to be with someone in social and political circles.
A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.
The way presidents and government officials smile depends on which emotions their culture values, a new study finds.
According to a new study, the link between two partners’ well-being isn’t weakened when one passes away.
According to a new study, positive daydreaming may lead to depression down the road.
A new study suggests that the quality of adult relationships matters more to our health than their quantity.
In a new study, everyone's grades improved when African-American students felt less threatened.
New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.
A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.
Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.
In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
A new study finds that men can shut down in the face of a romantic partner’s stress. Is there another way?
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Two new studies suggest that mindful people have a lower risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
A new study finds that focusing on the group as a teen predicts better health as an adult.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
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