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Articles: How is Technology Shaping Romance?By Jill Suttie | August 12, 2015
Funnyman Asiz Ansari has written a serious, thoughtful book about online dating, and it's pretty good.
Articles: Four Reasons to Stay SingleBy Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
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.
Articles: Making Mindfulness Part of TherapyBy Jill Suttie | June 23, 2014
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your RelationshipBy Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
Articles: How to Overcome Barriers to ForgivenessBy Linda Graham | May 13, 2014
It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?
Two new studies explore how attachment style, romantic conflict, stress, gender, and mindfulness interact with each other.
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 new study about men, women, and conflict created controversy among our readers. Researcher Lian Bloch responds.
Articles: Calm Wife, Happy CoupleBy Yasmin Anwar | November 6, 2013
A new study suggests that wives matter more when it comes to calming down marital conflicts
Articles: Is a Happy Marriage in Your DNA?By Yasmin Anwar | October 11, 2013
A new study may be the first to link genetics, emotions, and marital satisfaction.
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.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
Jeremy Adam Smith reports on new findings in family research, with a special focus on immigrants.
Articles: How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part TwoBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2013
Jeremy Adam Smith offers five more tips to help men find a happy fit between paid work and family responsibilities.
Videos and Podcasts: Fighting a lot?By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 21, 2013
Most spouses fight, but many do not know how to make-up in a way that repairs the relationship. Rona gives us a crash course in regaining trust and intimacy with a partner after we’ve been fighting.
Articles: Debunking the Myths of HappinessBy Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
A recent study validates a simple task that might preserve marital satisfaction over the long haul.
Videos and Podcasts: Gratitude for LoversBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 14, 2013
Whether or not you are a romantic person, and whether or not you like Valentine’s Day, here’s my favorite romantic thing to do.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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