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... Mental Health Professionals
About half of substance abusers who enter treatment use again within a year. Can it help to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness?
Articles: Green Cities, Happy CitiesBy Heather Yundt | July 9, 2014
A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
Articles: Making Mindfulness Part of TherapyBy Jill Suttie | June 23, 2014
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Articles: Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for YouBy Joseph P. Forgas | June 4, 2014
Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.
Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why.
A new study explores how mindfulness meditation might help women cultivate more secure adult relationships.
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: Seven Keys to a Good DeathBy Charles Garfield | April 30, 2014
Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.
A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
How can we foster a more positive attitude toward eating and toward our bodies? A new study suggests that mindfulness might play a role.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
Research suggests exercise is good for our mental health--perhaps even more so if we're highly social, according to a new study.
Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?
Articles: Self-Compassion for FreshmenBy Bianca Lorenz | October 8, 2013
A recent study suggests that when new college students are kind to themselves, they're less likely to suffer from homesickness.
Articles: Should Your Doctor Care About You?By Jill Suttie | October 4, 2013
A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.
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: How to Grow the Good in Your BrainBy Rick Hanson | September 24, 2013
Rick Hanson explains how we can protect ourselves from the stress of negative experiences.
Articles: A Healthier Kind of HappinessBy Jill Suttie | September 10, 2013
Happiness and good health seem to go together. But according to a new study, not all forms of happiness are created equal.
Attention is like a spotlight—whatever it shines on becomes brighter in the mind. This knowledge can help us build compassion, says Paul Gilbert.
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: How to Focus a Wandering MindBy Wendy Hasenkamp | July 17, 2013
New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.
Articles: Does Mind-Wandering Make You Unhappy?By Matt Killingsworth | July 16, 2013
When are we happiest? When we stay in the moment, says researcher Matt Killingsworth.
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: Five Ways to Make Mindfulness More ManlyBy Kozo Hattori | June 25, 2013
Many more women than men enroll in mindfulness and compassion training courses. How can we change that?
Articles: Will Our Grown-Up Kids Ever Grow Up?By Diana Divecha | June 24, 2013
A new book explores how to parent today's young adults, who are struggling to become established and independent.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
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