• When Should You Forgive Your Partner? Family & Couples, Forgiveness | September 26, 2016

According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.

  • Should You Ask Your Children to Apologize? Family & Couples, Forgiveness | September 23, 2016

    When kids say sorry, are they learning a lesson or just parroting empty words?

  • How Background Music Influences Our Behavior at Work Work & Career, Happiness | September 22, 2016

    A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.

  • Can Empathy Improve Policing? Big Ideas, Empathy | 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.

  • For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough Work & Career, Forgiveness | September 20, 2016

    According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.

  • How to Stop Being a People-Pleaser Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | September 19, 2016

    Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.

  • Could Gay-Straight Alliances Reduce Bullying? Education | September 16, 2016

    Thousands of these organizations exist. Could they make a difference?

  • How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas | September 15, 2016

    Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.

  • How to Raise an Environmentalist Family & Couples, Compassion | September 14, 2016

    Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.

  • Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Altruism | September 13, 2016

    New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

  • Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Mindfulness | May 27, 2011

    Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.

  • Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids Education, Family & Couples, Compassion, Empathy, Happiness, Mindfulness | July 14, 2015

    The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Hands On Research: The Science of Touch Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion | September 29, 2010

    Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

  • Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate? Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | July 25, 2012

    Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

  • Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal Gratitude, Happiness | November 17, 2011

    Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

  • Six Habits of Highly Grateful People Big Ideas, Gratitude | November 20, 2013

    Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • 10 Ways to Become More Grateful Education, Family & Couples, Gratitude, Altruism, Compassion, Happiness | November 17, 2010

    Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.

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