Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Posted in the Washington Post on July 18 By Amy Joyce Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, and the Making Caring Common Project have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults. (The Washington Post) Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and […]

Impact of meditation, support groups seen at cellular level in breast cancer survivors

November 3, 2014 Alberta Health Services CALGARY — For the first time, researchers have shown that practising mindfulness meditation or being involved in a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors. A group working out of Alberta Health Services’ Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the University of […]

Pain – Our Precious Teacher

By John Bruna “I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha It is quite natural and very healthy to seek out pleasure in our lives and try to avoid […]

The Problem With Positive Thinking

OCT. 24, 2014 New York Times Sunday Review By GABRIELE OETTINGEN MANY people think that the key to success is to cultivate and doggedly maintain an optimistic outlook. This belief in the power of positive thinking, expressed with varying degrees of sophistication, informs everything from affirmative pop anthems like Katy Perry’s “Roar” to the Mayo […]

Secrets of the strong-minded

Posted 16 September 2014 – Mosaic The Science of Life – Can children be made more psychologically ‘resilient’ to traumas like 9/11 – as well as the stress of everyday life? Emma Young meets a former school principal who believes they can. “It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone […]

Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness

Greater Good: Science of Meaningful Life – By Lauren Klein | July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.   Waiting times for psychological counseling can be long. That makes it doubly hard on those […]

Does Short-Term Meditation Work? Here’s What New Research Found

I regularly encourage the people I work with to practice meditation. It builds a kind of inner “shock absorber” that helps you maintain calm and focus in the midst of daily stress and the multiple demands of living in today’s world. While that’s not the true purpose of meditation (another subject altogether), it’s certainly a by-product benefit. […]

Three Ways Mindfulness Reduces Depression

By Emily Nauman | June 2, 2014 | Greater Good Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why. Sixty percent of people who experience a single episode of depression are likely to experience a second. Ninety percent of people who go through three episodes of depression are likely to […]


In the mid-nineteen-seventies, the cognitive psychologist Ellen Langer noticed that elderly people who envisioned themselves as younger versions of themselves often began to feel, and even think, like they had actually become younger. Men with trouble walking quickly were playing touch football. Memories were improving and blood pressure was dropping. The mind, Langer realized, could […]

Shauna Shapiro: How Mindfulness Cultivates Compassion

Author and researcher, Shauna Shapiro, explores how moment-to-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and surrounding helps us to see and alleviate suffering in others. From the Science of a Meaningful Life Video Series

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools

At first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for […]

Google seeks out wisdom of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

Global tech companies are connecting to the power of mindfulness and meditation to drive sustainability and happiness Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who’s visiting the Google campus this month, says we need to foster aimlessness rather than seeking to be number one. Photograph: David M. Nelson Why on earth are many of the world’s most […]