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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.

 

Articles: How to Turn Your Brain from Anger to Compassion

By Paul Gilbert | September 4, 2013

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.

 

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: How to Focus a Wandering Mind

By 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?

 
Vinny Ferraro (center, wearing hat) of the Mind Body Awareness Project leads a workshop at a juvenile hall in the Bay Area.

Articles: Five Ways to Make Mindfulness More Manly

By Kozo Hattori | June 25, 2013

Many more women than men enroll in mindfulness and compassion training courses. How can we change that?

 
Workman Publishing Company, 2013, 304 pages

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.

 

Articles: How Positive Emotions Improve Our Health

By Lauren Klein | June 20, 2013

A new study sheds light on why good feelings benefit our bodies as well as our minds.

 
Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman

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.

 

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