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Tag: Social Connections
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New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.
Articles: The Loneliness of the Modern NomadBy Kira M. Newman | August 5, 2016
A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.
Articles: How Music Bonds Us TogetherBy Jill Suttie | June 28, 2016
According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.
Articles: Are the Rich More Lonely?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | June 1, 2016
Two new studies disagree about the link between income and social connections. Emiliana Simon-Thomas takes a closer look.
According to a new study, reading about scientists’ struggles can help students who aren’t doing so well in science.
Articles: Why Do We Feel Awe?By Dacher Keltner | May 10, 2016
According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.
Articles: Happy People Don’t Need to Feel SuperiorBy Kira M. Newman | May 9, 2016
A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.
Articles: Are Boundaries Overrated?By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016
A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.
Articles: Can Helping Others Keep You Sober?By Jill Suttie | April 14, 2016
New research suggests that helping others—and the sense of belonging it brings—can help alcohol and drug addicts stay sober.
Several exercises to help you make the most of the International Day of Happiness.
Articles: Friends Help Our Health As We AgeBy Kira M. Newman | February 2, 2016
A new study suggests that the quality of adult relationships matters more to our health than their quantity.
Articles: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You KinderBy Jill Suttie | January 25, 2016
New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.
Articles: Why Parents Sing to BabiesBy Jill Suttie | January 19, 2016
Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.
A new study contradicts prior research by suggesting that a happy life isn’t necessarily a longer one. But a closer look reveals that there's more to the story.
Articles: How Smartphones Are Killing ConversationBy Jill Suttie | December 7, 2015
A Q&A with MIT professor Sherry Turkle about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation.
Articles: The New Science of Singing TogetherBy Jacques Launay, Eiluned Pearce | December 4, 2015
Studies find that singing in a choir helps forge social bonds—and it might even make you healthier.
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: How Friends Help Us Grow OldBy Jill Suttie | November 13, 2015
A new study suggests that we need a lot of social contact when we’re younger—but as we age, we need to focus on closeness.
Articles: The Three Parts of an Effective ApologyBy Christine Carter | November 12, 2015
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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