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Adolescents And Purpose

Five Ways to Foster Purpose in Adolescents Research suggests that young people rarely have a sense of purpose—but we can take steps to help them cultivate it. BY KENDALL COTTON BRONK | DECEMBER 21, 2017 Print Bookmark My research over the past fifteen years has focused on young people’s purposes in life. My colleagues and I have explored the things...[ read more ]

The Connection Between Gratitude and Altruism

Why a Grateful Brain Is a Giving One The neural connection between gratitude and altruism is very deep, suggests new research. BY CHRISTINA KARNS | DECEMBER 19, 2017 Print Bookmark When you think about gratitude and its place in our culture, you might not immediately think about morality—that is, matters of right and wrong. Often, we make gratitude sound like...[ read more ]

Adolescents And Purpose

Five Ways to Foster Purpose in Adolescents Research suggests that young people rarely have a sense of purpose—but we can take steps to help them cultivate it. BY KENDALL COTTON BRONK | DECEMBER 21, 2017 Print Bookmark My research over the past fifteen years has focused on young people’s purposes in life. My colleagues and I have explored the things...[ read more ]

Living Near A Forest Is Good For Your Brain

Is Living Near a Forest Good for Your Brain? A new study discovered a connection between where you live and the health of your brain's amygdala. BY TOM JACOBS | NOVEMBER 29, 2017 Print Bookmark As images of the Northern California wildfires confirm, living on the edge of a forest comes with considerable dangers. But new research from Germany suggests...[ read more ]

Music Can Make You a Better Person

Five Ways Music Can Make You a Better Person Can listening to music change your behavior for the better? BY SUMMER ALLEN | NOVEMBER 14, 2017 Print Bookmark People in the United States spend an average of 32 hours listening to music each week, an increase of five and a half hours over last year. That’s a lot of time—more...[ read more ]

Best Possible Self

BEST POSSIBLE SELF TIME REQUIRED 15 minutes per day for two weeks HOW TO DO IT Take a moment to imagine your life in the future. What is the best possible life you can imagine? Consider all of the relevant areas of your life, such as your career, academic work, relationships, hobbies, and/or health. What would happen in these areas of your...[ read more ]

Money and Happiness

How Does Valuing Money Affect Your Happiness? Two new studies find that tying your self-worth to financial success hampers happiness and well-being—even for the well-off. BY JILL SUTTIE | OCTOBER 30, 2017 Print Bookmark It may seem that money is a sure path to prestige and happiness. After all, many of our most well-paid citizens are held up as role...[ read more ]

Mind and Body

Why Your Brain Needs to Dream Research shows that dreaming is not just a byproduct of sleep, but serves its own important functions in our well-being. BY MATTHEW WALKER | OCTOBER 24, 2017 Print Bookmark We often hear stories of people who’ve learned from their dreams or been inspired by them. Think of Paul McCartney’s story of how his hit...[ read more ]

Food

FOOD & HUNGER The Food that Made Me This World Food Day, Global Citizen asks you to think about the food that made you. What did you eat as a child that has enabled you to achieve what you have achieved today? What does good food mean to you and your family? On 4th November 2017, governments will gather in...[ read more ]

Feelings Count

ROBERT WRIGHT SCIENCE 10.08.17 07:00 AM HOW MINDFULNESS MEDITATION CAN SAVE AMERICA HOTLITTLEPOTATO/GETTY IMAGES THERE’S A REASON some people laugh when I say that mindfulness meditation can save the United States—that it can dampen the political polarization now dividing the country; that it can defuse the hatreds that have propelled the word “tribal” into our political vocabulary and have led...[ read more ]