A new study asks if mindfulness can help people who experience depression as a result of prejudice.
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Articles: Mindful Doctors, Happy PatientsBy Emily Nauman | February 10, 2014
A new study shows that physicians with mindfulness skills communicate well with patients, and provide better quality care.
How can we foster a more positive attitude toward eating and toward our bodies? A new study suggests that mindfulness might play a role.
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.
Two new studies look at how gratitude, grit, and forgiveness can work together to cut suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Videos and Podcasts: Mindfulness and Compassion in Health CareBy Robert McClure | January 13, 2014
In this presentation from the GGSC’s “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference, social worker and health care manager Robert McClure explains how mindfulness meditation can help sustain compassion for health care workers.
Articles: Six Books We Overlooked in 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2014
Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed last year!
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
Articles: Six Habits of Highly Grateful PeopleBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2013
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
Research suggests exercise is good for our mental health--perhaps even more so if we're highly social, according to a new study.
Articles: Just One Thing: Feel the SupportBy Rick Hanson | October 24, 2013
We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.
Articles: Should Your Doctor Care About You?By Jill Suttie | October 4, 2013
A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.
Articles: A Healthier Kind of HappinessBy Jill Suttie | September 10, 2013
Happiness and good health seem to go together. But according to a new study, not all forms of happiness are created equal.
Attention is like a spotlight—whatever it shines on becomes brighter in the mind. This knowledge can help us build compassion, says Paul Gilbert.
Articles: Do Rituals Help Us to Savor Food?By Emily Nauman | August 7, 2013
A new study finds that even little rituals, like swirling wine or shaking a sugar packet, can enhance the flavor of food.
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.
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.
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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