Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.
Stories for... Managers
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
Articles: Can Mindfulness Improve Decision Making?By Hooria Jazaieri | May 12, 2014
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.
Articles: Why Leaders Need a Triple FocusBy Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014
Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.
Articles: Eight Ways to Find More Meaning at WorkBy Morten Hansen, Dacher Keltner | November 4, 2013
Does your job seem dull and meaningless? Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner point the way out.
Articles: Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at WorkBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 16, 2013
Americans are less likely to say "thanks" on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
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: Do Givers Get Ahead?By Jill Suttie | May 1, 2013
It's the givers, not the takers, who thrive the most in business, argues a new book.
Articles: 10 Ways to Get Ahead through GivingBy Adam Grant | April 22, 2013
Adam Grant's research shows that "givers" rise to the top of the success ladder. Here's how you can make giving a way of life.
Articles: Why Compassion in Business Makes SenseBy Emma Seppala | April 15, 2013
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
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.
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
Articles: Sustaining Compassion in Health CareBy Robert McClure | February 28, 2013
As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges.
Articles: Take This Job and….By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 20, 2012
Wait! Here are some research-based ways teachers and principals can rejuvenate their passion for their jobs over the holidays.
Articles: Do We Care for Our Teachers?By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2012
To create a caring school community, research tells us that care must be extended to everyone.
Great companies have compassionate leaders, says Google's "Jolly Good Fellow."
Articles: Happiness is about Respect, not RichesBy Stacey Kennelly | July 13, 2012
A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Tough Guys Sacrifice More
Articles: Why People Are Not FeetBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | June 4, 2012
What's the best way to help build the resilience of loved ones? Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton says care, not tough love, is the key.
A state of "flow" is key to job happiness. But what is flow? Why is it important? And how can we achieve it on a regular basis at work?
A recent study suggests we can learn to regulate and manage our emotions even after we’re reached adulthood.
Articles: How to Foster Group CreativityBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 11, 2012
In the second of a two-part conversation, Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explains how science can help teams become more creative.
Jonah Lehrer's new book shows that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Articles: How Creativity WorksBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2012
Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explores how neuroscientific discoveries have helped us understand the ways we imagine new things.
Articles: How to Relieve StressBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 22, 2012
Robert M. Sapolsky explains why stress can become a chronic problem—and how we can reduce the toll it takes on our lives.
Articles: Five Collaboration Tips from IntrovertsBy Genevieve DeGuzman | February 1, 2012
Collaboration and open-plan offices are trendy. But in the rush to tear down walls, are we forgetting the virtues of solitude?
Researcher R. Keith Sawyer looks to comedians and jazz groups for 10 keys to more creative, successful teams in the office, on the field, and beyond.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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