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Making SEL the DNA of a School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 27, 2017

School and district leaders share their stories of how they are infusing SEL into everything they do.

 
  

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How to Sustain Your Activism

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | March 13, 2017

These three principles can help activists avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.

 

Why Don’t We Prepare Enough for Disasters?

By Jill Suttie | March 10, 2017

A new book outlines the psychological biases that get in the way of good decision-making—and what to do about them.

 

Why Storytelling Skills Matter for African-American Kids

By Nicole Gardner-Neblett | March 9, 2017

For African-American students, storytelling skills directly predict their early reading skills.

 

Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

By Laura Kray, Gillian Ku, Jessica Kennedy | March 8, 2017

New research explores how men and women think about moral decisions—and how women’s voices can benefit business and society.

 

What Are the Building Blocks of a Meaningful Life?

By Jenara Nerenberg | March 7, 2017

A conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith about the relationship between happiness, meaning, and modern life.

 

How Dogs Help People Get Along Better

By Jill Suttie | March 6, 2017

A new study suggests that when dogs are around, groups are closer, more cooperative, and more trusting.

 

Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored

By Jill Suttie | March 3, 2017

A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset.

 

Can Social-Emotional Learning Help Disadvantaged Students?

By Meredith Kolodner | March 2, 2017

New York City's experience with community schools illustrates the possibilities and pitfalls of a new educational model.

 

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

By Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner | March 1, 2017

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

 

How to Stop Teens from Fearing Immigrants

By Jill Suttie | February 28, 2017

A new study suggests that promoting empathy and cross-group friendships in children can buffer against the negative effects of parental and peer biases.

 

What Words Do You Associate with Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | February 27, 2017

The answer matters for your mental health.

 

What Would Buddha Do About the Economy?

By Jenara Nerenberg | February 24, 2017

Clair Brown suggests that the moment may be ripe for Buddhist thought to insert itself into Western economics.

 


When Teachers Get Mindfulness Training, Students Win

By Jill Suttie | February 23, 2017

According to a new study, training teachers in mindfulness can affect the whole climate of the classroom.

 


How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

Can You Change Your Personality?

By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2017

A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.

 

How to Hack Your Brain for Peak Performance

By Summer Allen | February 17, 2017

A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.

 

Does Your View of Happiness Shape Your Empathy?

By Jeanette van der Lee | February 16, 2017


Do you see happiness as within your control to improve? A new study has linked this belief to empathy.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

Why You Need More Nature in Your Life

By Jill Suttie | February 10, 2017

Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.

 

Suffering May Lead to Extreme Political Beliefs

By Tom Jacobs | February 9, 2017

According to a new study, experiencing adversity may contribute to politically polarized attitudes.

 

What’s Good about Lying?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.

 

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

By Hooria Jazaieri | February 7, 2017

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

 

Can Meditating Together Improve Your Relationships?

By Jill Suttie | February 6, 2017

New research suggests that there are some unique social benefits to partner meditation.

 

How to Cultivate a Secure Attachment with Your Child

By Diana Divecha | February 3, 2017

A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.

 

How to Nurture Empathic Joy in Your Classroom

By Amy L. Eva | February 2, 2017

According to a new study, students perform better when teachers share in their joy.

 

The Evolution of Gratitude

By Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017

How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.

 

How Adults Communicate Bias to Children

By Jill Suttie | January 31, 2017

A new study suggests preschoolers can "catch" prejudice from grown-ups through nonverbal behavior—and it hints at solutions.

 

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