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How to Avoid Regret in Your Social Life

By Sara E. Andrews | May 22, 2017

New research suggests that trying to maximize the benefits from your friendships may actually be bad for your well-being.

 
  

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Do You Have a Negative Attitude about Aging?

By Kate Wheeling | August 10, 2016

According to a new study, our feelings about aging can influence our emotional reactions to everyday stress.

 
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Can Your Immune System Affect Your Ability to Make Friends?

By Jill Suttie | August 8, 2016

New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.

 

Mindfulness Reduces Stress and Anger in Police

By Jenn Director Knudsen | August 1, 2016

According to a new study, a mindfulness training program could help law enforcement officers cope with a harrowing job.

 

How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity?

By Adam Hoffman | July 25, 2016

A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.

 

Why You’re Not Meeting Your Exercise Goals

By Kira M. Newman | July 19, 2016

According to a new study, mindfulness may be the key to motivation.

 

Why Your Office Needs More Nature

By Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016

According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.

 

What Motivates You to Be Generous?

By Sharon Begley | July 14, 2016

Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.

 

A Simple Way to Foster Kindness in Kids

By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 11, 2016

According to a new study, we can encourage kids to be generous by reminding them of their past kindnesses.

 

How You Argue Could Make You Sick

By Yasmin Anwar | June 27, 2016

According to a recent study, different behaviors during romantic conflict are linked to heart problems and back pain.

 

How to Grow from Your Regrets

By Kira M. Newman | June 20, 2016

According to a new study, self-compassion may help us benefit from regret rather than wallowing in it.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Treat PTSD?

By Adam Hoffman | June 13, 2016

According to a new study, adding mindfulness to traditional therapy could be beneficial for soldiers with PTSD.

 

Mindful Parenting May Keep Kids Out of Trouble

By Jill Suttie | June 7, 2016

According to new research, children who experience mindful parenting are less likely to use drugs or get depression or anxiety.

 

How Spending Influences Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | June 6, 2016

According to a new study, money can buy well-being—when we buy things that reflect our personality.

 

Are the Rich More Lonely?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | June 1, 2016

Two new studies disagree about the link between income and social connections. Emiliana Simon-Thomas takes a closer look.

 

A Simple Story Can Improve Students’ Grades in Science

By Kira M. Newman | May 27, 2016

According to a new study, reading about scientists’ struggles can help students who aren’t doing so well in science.

 

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy

By Mariah Flynn | May 26, 2016

According to a new study, considering students' perspectives cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

Where to Find Wisdom in the Body

By Jill Suttie | May 19, 2016

According to a new study, people with higher heart rate variability are wiser—when they make an effort to be objective.

 

Does Forgiveness Make Kids Happier?

By Sarah Wheeler | May 16, 2016

A new study suggests that children are happier when they’re more forgiving toward their friends.

 

Spending Money on Others Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

By Elizabeth Hopper | May 12, 2016

According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.

 

Happy People Don’t Need to Feel Superior

By Kira M. Newman | May 9, 2016

A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.

 

Where Does Kindness Come From?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 5, 2016

A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.

 

Does Mind-Wandering Make You Less Caring?

By Hooria Jazaieri | April 25, 2016

According to a new study, how caring we are is linked to how much we pay attention to the present moment.

 

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Forgive Betrayal

By Kirra Dickinson | April 20, 2016

According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.

 

Which Feels Better, Forgiveness or Revenge?

By Kira M. Newman | April 18, 2016

A new study compares different responses to bullying—and finds that forgiveness may have to wait.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Students Cope with Failure?

By Adam Hoffman | April 5, 2016

New research suggests that mindfulness helps college students bounce back from poor performance and self-criticism.

 

Can Living in the Moment Make You a Better Parent?

By Sarah Wheeler | March 29, 2016

According to a new study, mindfulness may lead to a happier, healthier parenting experience.

 
Even male rats can use a good hug to protect themselves from the effects of stress.

Bromances Can Protect Males Under Stress

By Robert Sanders | March 10, 2016

According to a new study, male rats like to cuddle after they get stressed out.

 

What Music Looks Like in the Brain

By Jill Suttie | February 29, 2016

A new study discovers a neural circuit dedicated to music.

 

How Purity Divides Us

By Emily Gersema | February 26, 2016

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.

 

Does Virtue or Vice Work Better in Politics?

By Kathleen Maclay | February 23, 2016

A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.

 

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