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Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.
Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.
Articles: How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016
Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.
A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.
Articles: Cultivating Self-Awareness in ParentsBy Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016
A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.
New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.
Articles: How to Help Low-Income Students SucceedBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016
According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?
Articles: How to Talk with Teens about PurposeBy Jill Suttie | May 13, 2016
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
Articles: Ten Changes New Parents FaceBy Diana Divecha | May 4, 2016
Diana Divecha describes how your mind, body, and life will change with the arrival of a baby.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.
For baby massage, swimming, yoga, and signing, the scientific jury is still out.
Articles: What Preschools Can Teach UniversitiesBy Nicola Whitton | March 30, 2016
The emphasis on grades is sapping motivation from university students. "Playful learning" can help reignite it.
Articles: Six Ways to Help People ChangeBy Art Markman | March 7, 2016
If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Articles: What Happens to Kids When Parents FightBy Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Articles: How Songs Help Children BondBy Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016
A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.
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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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
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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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