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Anger and ill will are teachers for insight and growth. Meeting these emotions with mindfulness and compassion can guide you to the lessons they have to offer - and help you find peace amidst all of life's difficulties.

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy

Our individualistic culture inflames the ego and numbs the spirit. Failure teaches us who we are. The self-centered voice of the ego has to be quieted before a person is capable of freely giving and receiving love.


Emotional intelligence is a shorthand that psychological researchers use to describe how well individuals can manage their own emotions and react to the emotions of others. People who exhibit emotional intelligence have the less obvious skills necessary to get ahead in life, such as managing conflict resolution, reading and responding to the needs of others, and keeping their own emotions from overflowing and disrupting their lives.


Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one's marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.


Research shows exercise can ease things like panic attacks or mood and sleep disorders, and a recent study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry found that popular team sports may have a slight edge over the other forms of physical activity.


Stress is an inevitable part of life, and something we all grapple with on a regular basis. And while some stress can be beneficial for performance and motivation at times, chronic and negative stress takes some skill to manage in order to avoid the negative health outcomes that come with it.


There are many different kinds of intelligence, and its our job to discover what they are and how to integrate them into our lives.


While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which is often the time we need it most. Midlife can bring all kinds of stressors, including divorce, the death of a parent, career setbacks and retirement worries, yet many of us don't build the coping skills we need to meet those challenges.


Being able to focus helps us succeed. Whether it's focusing inward and attuning ourselves to our intuitions and values or outward and navigating the world around us, honing our attention is a valuable asset. All too often though, our focus and attention get hijacked, leaving us feeling frazzled, forgetful, and unable to concentrate.


One of our deepest needs as humans is to feel understood, and true understanding is not possible without empathy. As psychologist Carl Rogers puts it, "When someone really hears you without passing judgment on you, without trying to take responsibility for you, without trying to mold you, it feels damn good!"


More people than ever are doing some form of this stress-busting meditation, and researchers are discovering it has some quite extraordinary effects on the brains of those who do it regularly.


Self-acceptance is defined as "an individual's acceptance of all his/her attributes, positive or negative." It includes body acceptance, self-protection from negative criticism, and believing in one's capacities. 


Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain 

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven't heard that the hype is backed up by hard science. 

5 Rituals That Will Help Your Brain Stay Young 

Lucky for us, advanced technologies have enabled researchers to understand how the brain works, what it responds to, and even how to retrain it.

Gratitude is Good for the Soul, and Helps the Heart Too

Research shows that feeling grateful doesn't just make you feel good. It also helps - literally helps - the heart.

To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging

Scientists are discovering something very peculiar about aging. How we feel about getting old matters. A lot.

6 Signs You Were Raised By a Narcissist

"While narcissists come in all varieties and their symptoms vary across a spectrum, there are a few ways for adult children to tell they may have been raised by a narcissist," explains therapist Wendy Behary, founder of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and author of the book Disarming the Narcissist.

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

How can you change your mood when you've started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances from dragging you down and killing your productivity?

7 Easy Practices to Feel Better About Your Life

Our thoughts condition the power of our emotions.

Rising Strong: Brené Brown on the Physics of Vulnerabiity and What Resilient People Have in Common

The process of regaining our emotional footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. Rising strong after a fall is how we cultivate wholeheartedness in our lives; it's the process that teaches us the most about who we are. 

Mindfulness: Do You Have the Courage to Surrender?

Mindful surrender isn't giving up; it's opening up. And opening up takes guts.

9 Things Mentally Strong People Do Every Day

Genetics, personality, and life experiences all play a role in your mental strength.

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Music neuroscience, which draws on cognitive science, music education and neuroscience, can help answer basic questions about the workings of the human brain.

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Recently, researchers have been getting more and more interested in the role that mental motivation plays in academic achievement.

What's Lost as Handwriting Fades

Psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

The Voice of Reason

Everyone engages in self-talk, but much depends on the way we do it.  Scientists now find that the right words can free us from our fears and make us as wise about ourselves as we often are about others. 

How Children Succeed

Psychologists and neuroscientists have learned a lot in the past few decades about non-cognitive skills, like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence -- where these skills come from and how they're developed -- leading to the conclusion that these skills are more crucial than sheer brainpower in determining success.

5 Surprising Ways Mindfulness Can Change You

Personality scientists are forging new insights about how mindfulness affects human motivation and behavior, alongside health and wellbeing.

Can Family Secrets Make You Sick?

This growing body of research indicates that, right now, the health of millions of children is being shaped by abuse and neglect.

Why do so many middle-aged men feel so lost?

Caught between baby-boomers and Generation Y, today's middle-aged men increasingly see themselves as lost souls.

What We Can Learn From the Science of Stress

Popular Science Magazine took a closer look at the science behind worrying.

How Mindfulness Changes the Brain

There's some research behind all that hype.

Study Finds More Reasons to Get and Stay Married

A new Economics paper has some old fashioned advice ....

5 Tips For Becoming a Better Listener

How well are you listening? 

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