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In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.
Articles: Racism is Not a Mental IllnessBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
Articles: Is Facebook Building Political Bridges?By Tom Jacobs | May 8, 2015
Two new studies defy conventional wisdom by finding that social media is exposing people to different ideas, not isolating them.
Articles: Why Evolution Made Forgiveness DifficultBy Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015
Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?
Research has found that right-wingers report being happier than those on the left. But a new study calls that into question by measuring words and behavior.
Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for WeBy Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
Articles: Can Love Change the World?By Michael Edwards | August 19, 2013
Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? A Q&A with Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0.
A Q&A with visionary educator John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game.
Today, Congressman Tim Ryan re-introduces his bill to support the growth of social-emotional learning in schools.
Videos and Podcasts: Rep. Tim Ryan on A Mindful NationBy Tim Ryan | May 6, 2013
Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) discusses how mindfulness can offer an effective—and bipartisan—remedy for problems plaguing our schools, hospitals, veterans, and society at large.
Articles: What’s Good about Generation Y?By Karen Foster | January 24, 2013
They've been called ungrateful, narcissistic, and entitled. But new research reveals the hopes, ideals, and positive qualities of today's young adults.
How can both parties work together after President Obama's re-election? Psychologist Jonathan Haidt offers some hard advice for liberals and conservatives.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Mitt Romney stands accused of homophobic bullying in high school. But what positive lessons can we draw from the story?
Articles: Righteous MindsBy Jill Suttie | April 30, 2012
Jonathan Haidt's new book tries to help liberals and conservatives understand each other. But does he succeed?
Articles: Toward a More Mindful NationBy Tim Ryan | April 25, 2012
Economic insecurity. A broken health care system. Youth violence. Congressman Tim Ryan explains how mindfulness can help.
Articles: The Mindful CongressmanBy Jill Suttie | April 16, 2012
A new book by Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) tries to make mindfulness as American as apple pie.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Is Happiness the Right Goal?By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | March 29, 2012
Or is a life of service more important than leading a life that is happy?
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.
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