Dear Christine, I have two teenagers, a boy who is in high school and a girl who is in college. My daughter has always been self-motivated and a great student. I’ve never needed to nag her to do her homework,...
How do you react to difficult emotions like anxiety, guilt, or anger? Many of us have the habit of judging ourselves and others harshly, drawing lines of blame that separate us from each other. But there’s another way, writes...
At family gatherings, in bars and restaurants, relatives and friends are shouting at each other instead of engaging in what used to be called political discussions. These high-volume, emotionally charged exchanges are also increasingly the norm in venues ranging...
ERIK ONTIVEROS For me, part of my PTSD was a little bit of like a survivor’s guilt. A little bit of survivor’s guilt, but also a lot of shame. And so a lot of it I wasn’t too proud...
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a key predictor of mental health. Our EQ refers to our ability to be aware of, regulate, and express our emotions and to understand, and respond skillfully, to the emotions of others. Regulating emotions, especially...
Just this month, a group of middle school students in Alabama made the news for posting positive notes on the lockers of fellow students. For Christmas, a few Attleboro, MA, students chipped in to buy their beloved school janitor...
Our monthly Happiness Calendar is a day-by-day guide to well-being. It can help inject a bit of happiness into your everyday life with videos, articles, practices, podcasts, and other content from the Greater Good Science Center and beyond. This month,...
So often we feel stuck in our lives. Maybe we’re in a dead-end job, or we can’t seem to find a healthy romantic relationship, or we keep procrastinating on starting to exercise. As we struggle to improve our lives,...
We often think of prejudice as a matter of individual choice—but a new study suggests that it can arise among many people in societies facing environmental threats. In 2011, University of Maryland psychologist Michele Gelfand conducted a 33-nation...
This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture tend to emphasize the worst in humanity. For example, Joker is about the descent into homicidal madness. Jojo Rabbit is about one of the worst events in human history, the Nazi Holocaust....