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Articles: The Four Keys to Well-BeingBy Richard J. Davidson | March 21, 2016
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.
Articles: What if Schools Taught Kindness?By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
Articles: How to Thrive in the Attention EconomyBy Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter | November 3, 2015
Now more than ever, we need to learn to practice mindfulness.
Articles: Stopping the Distraction EpidemicBy Jill Suttie | March 13, 2015
A new book explains why we get so distracted at work—and how we can become more focused and productive.
Videos and Podcasts: The IAA Model of MindfulnessBy Shauna Shapiro | June 24, 2014
Psychologist and author Shauna Shapiro explains what she sees as the three core components to mindfulness: intention, attention, and attitude.
Videos and Podcasts: How Attention Helps Us To SucceedBy Daniel Goleman | January 23, 2014
The bestselling author of “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” explores how attention and cognitive control contributes to success in life.
Videos and Podcasts: Focus, Flow, and FrazzleBy Daniel Goleman | January 22, 2014
The bestselling author of “Focus” describes the relationship between performance and stress.
Articles: Why Leaders Need a Triple FocusBy Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014
Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.
Videos and Podcasts: How Focus Can Lead to CompassionBy Daniel Goleman | January 20, 2014
The bestselling author explains the relationship between attention and compassionate action.
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
Articles: Are We Losing Our Focus?By Jill Suttie | October 9, 2013
In a new book, Daniel Goleman argues that focus leads to greater happiness, better relationships, and increased productivity.
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Videos and Podcasts: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 27, 2011
This week my children are off at a very outdoorsy sleepaway camp—I’m excited for them to be outside nearly constantly for two weeks! One reason why I’m willing to part with them this summer is that I know that their health and happiness will benefit from their time spent in nature.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 26, 2011
The benefits of a summer spent outdoors
Raising Happiness: Is Sleep the Most Important Happiness Habit?By Christine Carter | January 27, 2010
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
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