When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?
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Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.
Articles: Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?By Scott Barry Kaufman | August 4, 2016
A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.
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.
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.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Articles: Ten Habits of Highly Creative PeopleBy Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Gregoire | January 20, 2016
Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire explore how to develop creativity as a habit and a style of engaging with the world.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
Articles: Are We Born Vengeful?By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015
A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.
Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.
Articles: How to Make Dads MemorableBy Scott Behson | June 18, 2015
When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?
Articles: You DO Have Time for a Summer VacationBy Christine Carter | June 16, 2015
Many people feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do.
Articles: The Zen of BasketballBy Tovin Lapan | June 1, 2015
With the NBA Finals about to get underway, the Warriors and the Cavaliers want any advantage they can get. Research suggests they should try mindfulness.
Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.
Articles: Why Humans Need SurpriseBy Jill Suttie | April 24, 2015
A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.
Articles: Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?By Jill Suttie | April 21, 2015
A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.
Articles: Three Risky Ways to Fall Deeply in LoveBy Christine Carter | February 11, 2015
Love comes from action, not waiting to be adored.
Articles: Five Ways Music Can Make You HealthierBy Jill Suttie | January 20, 2015
New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.
Articles: Four Ways Music Strengthens Social BondsBy Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.
Articles: Why We Love MusicBy Jill Suttie | January 12, 2015
Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
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