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Tag: Social Connections
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Videos and Podcasts: The Social Benefits of GratitudeBy Phil Watkins | September 15, 2014
Dr. Philip Watkins of Eastern Washington University explains how gratitude improves relationships and cognitive processes.
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.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.
Articles: Why Do We Laugh?By Jill Suttie | May 28, 2014
A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.
Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive OnlineBy Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?
Three new studies paint a surprisingly complicated picture of the role of mobile devices in our social lives—and suggest steps we can take to make the most of technology.
Articles: Are Some Social Ties Better Than Others?By Juliana Breines | March 11, 2014
Which is more important: your spouse or your Facebook friends? A social psychologist says we need both, for weak ties can make us strong—and sometimes strong ties can make us weak.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
Other people can make us anxious. Sometimes the fear is justified, says Rick Hanson, but most of the time, it's not. How can we overcome those needless fears?
Raising Happiness: Is Your Marriage Losing its Luster?By Christine Carter | January 28, 2014
Three easy ways to make it feel like new love
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.
Articles: Why Are We So Wired to Connect?By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2013
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
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.
Research suggests exercise is good for our mental health--perhaps even more so if we're highly social, according to a new study.
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.
Articles: Just One Thing: Feel the SupportBy Rick Hanson | October 24, 2013
We get more support than we think, says Rick Hanson. We just have to allow ourselves to feel it.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
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November 7, 2014
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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