A recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.
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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.
Raising Happiness: Is Your Marriage Losing its Luster?By Christine Carter | January 28, 2014
Three easy ways to make it feel like new love
Raising Happiness: Tablet and Smartphone Boot Camp for Middle School ParentsBy Christine Carter | November 26, 2013
‘Tis the season for electronic gifts. But these days, parents need to provide their kids with much more than batteries for all their devices.
Articles: Five Reasons Why Humans Need HalloweenBy Jeremy Adam Smith | October 30, 2013
Scientifically validated reasons to celebrate the scary things in life.
Raising Happiness: How to Help Kids Adjust to CollegeBy Christine Carter | October 28, 2013
Four ways to support new college students who are experiencing a rocky transition.
Raising Happiness: How to Eliminate “Junk Stimulus”By Christine Carter | October 15, 2013
Reigning in clutter adds ease to your life.
Raising Happiness: How to Avoid Burnout—or a BreakdownBy Christine Carter | October 7, 2013
Three ways working parents can combat exhaustion that don’t require radical social change.
Raising Happiness: Would Working Less Make You Happier?By Christine Carter | September 23, 2013
Is it even possible to work less in today’s economy?
Raising Happiness: Are you Maxed Out?By Christine Carter | September 16, 2013
Many American moms are on the brink of breakdown. Are you?
Raising Happiness: Passion + Adversity = Success?By Christine Carter | September 9, 2013
Raising Happiness: The Quiet Secret to SuccessBy Christine Carter | September 2, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part 2 in a 3 part series. Click here to read Part 1.
Raising Happiness: A New Theory of Elite PerformanceBy Christine Carter | August 26, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part one in a three-part series.
Raising Happiness: Advice for New ParentsBy Christine Carter | August 12, 2013
An open letter to my brother and his wife, who are expecting their first baby--a boy!!!--this fall.
Raising Happiness: It’s Summertime: Let’s Play!By Christine Carter | July 15, 2013
Don’t squander your summer at work or at summer school -- you’ll miss all the best benefits
Articles: Tech’s Best Feature: The Off SwitchBy Tiffany Shlain | June 28, 2013
Our brains crave connection. But sometimes disconnecting from technology is the best way to reconnect with each other, and ourselves.
Articles: Helping Kids Delay GratificationBy Jill Suttie | April 9, 2013
A new book explains how to help kids mature and improve their executive functioning… without relying on punishments.
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.
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
Articles: Just One Thing: Make Good BargainsBy Rick Hanson | March 12, 2013
Life is full of tradeoffs between benefits and costs, says Rick Hanson—but the brain isn't always good at telling one from the other.
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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