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Articles: In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg

By Rhonda Magee | February 26, 2015

The creator of Nonviolent Communication, who touched the lives of countless people, died earlier this month.

 

Articles: How a Challenging Past Can Lead to a Happier Present

By Linda Graham | February 23, 2015

Recent research backs up Friedrich Nietzsche.

 

Articles: Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

By Jill Suttie | January 20, 2015

New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.

 

Articles: The Cost of Blaming Parents

By Joshua Coleman, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Philip A. Cowan | December 23, 2014

Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?

 

Articles: Building Empathy in Healthcare

By Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014

A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.

 
This essay is adapted from Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy.

Articles: Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

By Susan M. Pollak, Ronald D. Siegel,, Thomas Pedulla | September 8, 2014

More and more therapists are integrating moment-to-moment awareness into their practice. Here's why—and how.

 

Articles: Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

By Linda Graham | September 4, 2014

Practical tools and resources for helping cope with the challenges and crises of our lives.

 
HarperWave, 2014, 241 pages.

Articles: Can Suffering Lead to Success?

By Jill Suttie | September 3, 2014

A new book explores when trauma triggers growth—and when it doesn't.

 

Articles: Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

By Linda Graham | July 16, 2014

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.

 

Articles: Can Mindfulness Help Stop Substance Abuse?

By Emily Nauman | July 14, 2014

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 Cities

By 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.

 

Articles: Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness

By Lauren Klein | July 7, 2014

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.

 
Guildford Press, 2014, 240 pages

Articles: Making Mindfulness Part of Therapy

By 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 You

By 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.

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

Articles: Three Ways Mindfulness Reduces Depression

By Emily Nauman | June 2, 2014

Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why.

 
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: Seven Keys to a Good Death

By Charles Garfield | April 30, 2014

Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.

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

Articles: Which Kind of Mindfulness Meditation is Right for You?

By Hooria Jazaieri | April 21, 2014

A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.

 
James Fallon (far right) with his wife, daughters, and son.

Articles: Can a Psychopath Learn to Feel Your Pain?

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2014

Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.

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

Articles: Can Mindfulness Foster a Healthy Body Image?

By Emily Nauman | February 3, 2014

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 Top

By 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.

 

Articles: Exercise Reduces Stress—Especially for Social Butterflies

By William Pettus | October 29, 2013

Research suggests exercise is good for our mental health--perhaps even more so if we're highly social, according to a new study.

 

Articles: How to Help a Traumatized Child in the Classroom

By Joyce Dorado, Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2013

Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?

 

Articles: Self-Compassion for Freshmen

By 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.

 
Beacon Press, 2013, 224 pages

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 Brain

By Rick Hanson | September 24, 2013

Rick Hanson explains how we can protect ourselves from the stress of negative experiences.

 

Articles: A Healthier Kind of Happiness

By 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.

 

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