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Articles: Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution

By Christine Carter | November 4, 2014

Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.

 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  2014, 272 pages

Articles: The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014

A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.

 

Articles: The Battle Between Success and Compassion

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 17, 2014

If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.

 

Articles: Eight Keys to End Bullying

By 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.

 
DeCapo Press, 2014, 268 pages

Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

By Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014

A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.

 

Articles: How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

By Daniel Siegel | August 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

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

Articles: Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | August 11, 2014

A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

 
Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

Articles: How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By 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?

 
Routledge, 2014, 158 pages.

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.

 

Articles: Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

By Diana Divecha | June 25, 2014

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.

 
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy speaks during a June 9 event on working fathers at the White House.

Articles: Three Steps to a Father-Friendly Workplace

By Mike Wallberg | June 11, 2014

Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.

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

Articles: Self-Compassionate Parents, Happier Teens

By Emily Nauman | June 9, 2014

A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.

 
New Harbinger, 2014, 199 pages

Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their Cool

By 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.

 

Articles: How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

By Neil Si-Jia Zhang | April 23, 2014

A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.

 
Templeton Press, 2014, 264 pages

Articles: How to Make Grateful Kids

By 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 Kids

By 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.

 
Ecco, 2014, 308 pages

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.

 
A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in San Francisco.

Articles: Five Ways to Encourage Giving to Disadvantaged Public Schools

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 6, 2014

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?

 
Tarcher, 2014, 336 pages

Articles: A Journey into the Teenage Brain

By Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014

Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.

 

Articles: How Bullied Children Grow into Wounded Adults

By Bianca Lorenz | December 19, 2013

A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.

 

Articles: Scratch a Happy Adult, Find a Socially Connected Childhood

By Lauren Klein | December 12, 2013

A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.

 

Articles: Do Wives Bear More Responsibility for Marital Happiness?

By Lian Bloch | November 13, 2013

A new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.

 
Basic Books, 2013, 397 pages.

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 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.

 

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.

 
2012 Science of the Mind student Jillian Murphy examines a human brain at the Harvard Brain Bank.

Articles: How to Teach Teens About the Brain

By 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?

 

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