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Articles: When Does Power Hurt Romance?

By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014

Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.

 
Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research.

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your Relationship

By 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 Forgiveness

By 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.

 

Articles: How to Stop Attachment Insecurity from Ruining Your Love Life

By Meghan Laslocky | February 13, 2014

Do you have commitment, trust, and attachment issues? Science helped Meghan Laslocky—and it just might help you, too.

 

Articles: Do Wives Bear More Responsibility for Marital Happiness?

By Lian Bloch | November 13, 2013

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.

 

Articles: Want to Satisfy Your Partner? Give them Some Gratitude

By Adam Hoffman | July 23, 2013

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?

 
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Articles: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

By 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.

 
During paternity leave, Stephen Hoffman had "a few dumb dad moments here and there, but I learned a lot about parenting."

Articles: Five Reasons Why It’s a Good Time to be a Dad

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 12, 2013

Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.

 
This essay is adapted from Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

Articles: How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times

By Robert Emmons | May 13, 2013

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 Want

By 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 Backfire

By 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.

 

Articles: Three Things Immigrant Families Can Teach All Americans

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2013

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 Two

By 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 One

By 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.

 
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Articles: Debunking the Myths of Happiness

By 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 Heartbreak

By 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.

 

Articles: How to Have a Happy Marriage in 21 Minutes

By Bernie Wong | February 14, 2013

A recent study validates a simple task that might preserve marital satisfaction over the long haul.

 

Articles: Five Ways to Renew an Old Love

By 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.

 

Articles: Four Ways to Make the Most of Gratitude on Valentine’s Day

By Amie M. Gordon | February 12, 2013

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 Body

By 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 Lovers

By Amie M. Gordon | February 5, 2013

New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.

 
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Articles: The Love Upgrade

By 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 Love

By 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.

 

Articles: Can Mindfulness Treat Sexual Dysfunction?

By Jill Suttie | January 30, 2013

Sexual dysfunction among women is more pervasive than many realize. But research is revealing that non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness can help.

 

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