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How to Avoid Regret in Your Social Life

By Sara E. Andrews | May 22, 2017

New research suggests that trying to maximize the benefits from your friendships may actually be bad for your well-being.

 
  

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Happy Couples Focus on Each Other’s Strengths

By Kira M. Newman | May 16, 2017

According to a new study, your ability to appreciate your partner’s strengths is linked to their well-being—and yours.

 

Why “Mom Brain” Is Good for Mothers and Babies

By Elise Proulx | May 10, 2017

According to a new study, pregnant women lose gray matter in their brains—and this process helps them figure out what other people need and feel.

 

Is Humility Good for Your Relationship?

By Jeanette van der Lee | May 9, 2017

A new study suggests that people are more satisfied with their relationships when their partners are more humble.

 

What Happens in a Child’s Brain When They Learn to Empathize?

By Summer Allen | May 3, 2017

A new study explores what brain changes happen when children start to think about other people’s thoughts.

 

Why You Should Take a Relaxing Lunch Break

By Jill Suttie | May 1, 2017

According to a new study, we concentrate better and feel less stressed when we purposefully detach from work and enjoy a real break.

 

Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout?

By Summer Allen | April 26, 2017

A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.

 

Do Mixed Emotions Make Life More Meaningful?

By Kira M. Newman | April 25, 2017

According to a new study, we don’t have to feel good all the time in order to live a fulfilling life.

 

When Teens Need Their Friends More Than Their Parents

By Jenn Director Knudsen | April 19, 2017

A new study suggests that teens may cope with stress better when they're around peers, rather than adults.

 

What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy?

By Summer Allen | April 10, 2017

According to a new study, we overestimate how well we can read emotions in other people's faces.

 

How to Upgrade Your Gratitude Practice

By Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2017

According to a new study, your gratitude journal could be more powerful if you also express that gratitude to others.

 

Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?

By Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2017

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot.

 

Doing Something Creative Can Boost Your Well-Being

By Jill Suttie | March 21, 2017

A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.

 

Is the Placebo Effect More Powerful Than We Think?

By Alex Shashkevich | March 16, 2017

According to a new paper, the health care industry could serve patients better by paying more attention to psychology.

 

Which Workplace Policies Help Parents the Most?

By Jill Suttie | March 14, 2017

New studies reveal how different policies affect parental well-being—and what obstacles we face in bringing them to America.

 

Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

By Kira M. Newman | March 14, 2017

Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | January 25, 2017

According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.

 

The Most (and Least) Empathic States of America

By Tom Jacobs | January 18, 2017

New research finds levels of empathy vary considerably from state to state — and living among empathic neighbors improves quality of life.

 

Can Compassion Training Help Physicians Avoid Burnout?

By Jill Suttie | January 12, 2017

A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for those prone to depression.

 

How to Find Happiness When You Reflect on the Past Year

By Kira M. Newman | December 29, 2016

According to a new study, reminiscing about certain types of experiences could boost your well-being.

 

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