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Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your RelationshipBy Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
Articles: How to Overcome Barriers to ForgivenessBy Linda Graham | May 13, 2014
It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?
Articles: Should Motherhood Be a Thankless Job?By Jill Suttie | May 7, 2014
New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.
Do you have commitment, trust, and attachment issues? Science helped Meghan Laslocky—and it just might help you, too.
A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.
Articles: Is a Happy Marriage in Your DNA?By Yasmin Anwar | October 11, 2013
A new study may be the first to link genetics, emotions, and marital satisfaction.
Articles: What’s Love Got to Do with the Brain?By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 3, 2013
Poems and pop songs have a lot to say about love. But is it all nonsense? Helen Fisher looks at lyrics through a scientific lens.
Articles: What are the Secrets to a Happy Life?By George E. Vaillant | August 6, 2013
In following 268 men for their entire lives, the Harvard Grant Study has discovered why some of them turned out happier than others.
A new study shows how receiving gratitude improves people's attitudes toward their relationship.
Articles: Are Women More Compassionate than Men?By Emma Seppala | June 26, 2013
The Dalai Lama recently argued that women have more biological potential for compassion than men. Does science support that claim?
Articles: How the Mind Can Heal the HeartBy Jill Suttie | June 19, 2013
Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Articles: Just One Thing: Give Them What They WantBy Rick Hanson | May 2, 2013
Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.
Articles: Five Ways Giving Thanks Can BackfireBy Amie M. Gordon | April 29, 2013
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
Jeremy Adam Smith reports on new findings in family research, with a special focus on immigrants.
Articles: How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part TwoBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2013
Jeremy Adam Smith offers five more tips to help men find a happy fit between paid work and family responsibilities.
Articles: How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part OneBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 27, 2013
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
Articles: Debunking the Myths of HappinessBy Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: This Is Your Brain on HeartbreakBy Meghan Laslocky | February 15, 2013
Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.
A recent study validates a simple task that might preserve marital satisfaction over the long haul.
Articles: Five Ways to Renew an Old LoveBy Barbara Fredrickson | February 12, 2013
Love is fleeting, says one of the world's leading experts on positive emotion. But with practice, you can foster love anytime you wish—and in doing so, renew old bonds.
Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.
Articles: How Love Grows in Your BodyBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 7, 2013
Here are the places where romantic love abides in our bodies—and the role each one plays in sustaining love over time.
Articles: Gratitude is for LoversBy Amie M. Gordon | February 5, 2013
New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.
Articles: The Love UpgradeBy Jill Suttie | February 4, 2013
In her new book, psychologist Barbara Fredrickson argues that we need a new definition of love, one that realistically accounts for the ways we experience the emotion in our bodies and minds.
Articles: Just One Thing: Trust in LoveBy Rick Hanson | January 31, 2013
Love is a lot like the air, says Rick Hanson. It may be hard to see—but it’s in you and all around you.
Sexual dysfunction among women is more pervasive than many realize. But research is revealing that non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness can help.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Forgiveness and Cohesion in Familial Perceptions of Alcohol Misuse
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
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