A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.
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A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.
A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for those prone to depression.
Articles: How to Reduce Rudeness in the WorkplaceBy Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
A conversation with researcher and author Monica Worline about suffering, empathy, and kindness at work.
Articles: What Can Americans Dream Now?By Jenara Nerenberg | December 9, 2016
We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over competition and ownership.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Articles: When Women Are More Likely to LieBy Pamela Tom | October 24, 2016
A new study reveals how gender and social pressure drive unethical decisions.
Articles: Is Pride Really a Sin?By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016
According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.
Articles: Can Empathy Improve Policing?By Jill Suttie | September 21, 2016
New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.
Articles: For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t EnoughBy Kira M. Newman | September 20, 2016
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
Articles: Grit Needs Passion, Not FearBy Christine Carter | August 30, 2016
Passionless persistence might lead to achievement, says Christine Carter, but will it make you happy?
Articles: The Power of Forgiveness at WorkBy Brooke Deterline | August 26, 2016
Ever carry a grudge or harbor revenge fantasies about a colleague or boss? It’s likely costing you and your workplace.
According to a new study, a mindfulness training program could help law enforcement officers cope with a harrowing job.
Articles: Why Your Office Needs More NatureBy Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016
According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.
Articles: How to Cultivate Ethical CourageBy Brooke Deterline | June 2, 2016
In the face of internal and external pressure, these three tips can help you stand up for your values.
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.
Articles: Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016
How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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