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What does it mean to grow up in a society that permits no strays?
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So I believe children have a right to ask questions and think for themselves. And I believe that kids should be taught principles of logic and rational inquiry. Our urge to explore and question will inevitably lead to errors and conflicts between partisans. How are we to identify the mistakes? Decide which policies to adopt? Important as it is, the mere act of seeking isn’t guaranteed to lead to enlightenment.
On the capacity for transformation and its prerequisite of letting go. Last weekend, at a dear friend's wedding, the groom's sister read
"In a relationship, one mind revises the other; one heart changes its partner..."
"Who we are and who we become depends, in part, on whom we love."
For Stanford researcher Emma Seppala, it’s our connections with others that matter most.
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.
V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.
Social media’s effect on your bodily attitudes can harm your mental health.
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Researchers have struggled to identify how certain states of mind influence physical health. One biologist thinks he has an answer
"What's the problem with being influenced by all that? After all, isn't blissful part of being blissfully ignorant?" Indicators of popularity are pervasive i...
Action for Happiness is a movement for positive social change. We want a society that prioritises the things that really matter.
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Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus". ...
We found that social networks have clusters of happy and unhappy people within them that reach out to three degrees of separation. A person's happiness is related to the happiness of their friends, their friends' friends, and their friends' friends' friends—that is, to people well beyond their social horizon. We found that happy people tend to be located in the center of their social networks and to be located in large clusters of other happy people. And we found that each additional happy friend increases a person's probability of being happy by about 9%.
LAST week, Johnson took a look at some of the advantages of bilingualism. These include better performance at tasks involving "executive function" (which involve the...
In art school, Phil Hansen developed an unruly tremor in his hand that kept him from creating the pointillist drawings he loved. Hansen was devastated, floating without a sense of purpose.
The Dutch documentary Beperkt Houdbaar (Preservation Limited) throws a critical look upon our media era and how beauty in marketing is affecting the way we perceive ourselves.
So how, this shopping season, do you avoid hedonic decline and find the joy not only in the buying, but also in the owning? Below, a few tips for prolonging retail therapy afterglow.
Who hasn’t sent a text message saying “I’m on my way” when it wasn’t true or fudged the truth a touch in their online dating profile? But Jeff Hancock doesn’t believe that the anonymity of the internet encourages dishonesty.
EXCLUSIVE: California-based software firm FrontRange asked people to go without their phones for a week and then tracked their mental and physiological state.
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
Giving of yourself -- whether it be your time, energy or money -- isn't just a boon to those you're helping.
Discoveries and inventions are often attributed to chance or luck. Historical accounts tend to emphasize that scientists and inventors simply had the right b...
Research from Universities of Leicester, Sussex and Cambridge into desert locusts discovers how your environment shapes your thinking
What 1960s counterculture had to do with the timeless quest for self-actualization. Legendary American psychologist Abraham Maslow, born
Michael F. Steger is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. He has spent more than a decade researching people's ability to find ...
For most people, the holiday season means spending time with friends and family. We invite them to our Thanksgiving table. We send them cards. We kiss them under the stars to usher in the new year....