If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.
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Articles: Eight Keys to End BullyingBy Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
Articles: What Makes a Happy Parent?By Emily Nauman | August 19, 2014
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled ChildBy Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
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 mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Articles: Why Won’t Your Teen Talk To You?By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2014
A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.
A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.
Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their CoolBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2014
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
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.
A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.
Articles: How to Make Grateful KidsBy Jill Suttie | April 15, 2014
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in KidsBy Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | March 5, 2014
Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.
Articles: When is Parenting All Joy and No Fun?By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2014
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.
A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.
A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.
Articles: Who is Gifted?By Jill Suttie | October 22, 2013
A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.
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: 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 Teach Teens About the BrainBy Amir Flesher | September 18, 2013
At a high school in Vermont, Amir Flesher gives his students a glimpse into how their minds work—with the goal of making adolescence less painful and nurturing their growth into happy adults.
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: 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.
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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