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Articles: How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity?By Adam Hoffman | July 25, 2016
A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.
Articles: Can Mindfulness Help Treat PTSD?By Adam Hoffman | June 13, 2016
According to a new study, adding mindfulness to traditional therapy could be beneficial for soldiers with PTSD.
New research suggests that mindfulness helps college students bounce back from poor performance and self-criticism.
Two new studies suggest that mindful people have a lower risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
Articles: What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like?By Adam Hoffman | November 16, 2015
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
Articles: How Mindfulness Improves SleepBy Adam Hoffman | October 19, 2015
Work can be stressful. A new study suggests that even short meditation training can reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
Articles: How Awe Makes Us GenerousBy Adam Hoffman | August 3, 2015
A new study finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
Articles: When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can HealBy Adam Hoffman | August 22, 2013
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.
A new study is the first to find that happy people have less risk of a heart attack--even if their family history puts them at high risk.
A new study shows how receiving gratitude improves people's attitudes toward their relationship.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
We all have a deep-seated drive to feel in control. But taking it too far can make you miserable.
According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.
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- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
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The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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