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The Power of Self Compassion to Boost Success

How often are we actually grateful to ourselves? When we take note of our positive qualities, and celebrate our lives and ourselves, we become not only happier, but more ...
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How We Get Hooked On Things and What to Do About It

From dramatic game shows to the Emmys and Oscars. Why do we love watching these events unfold—and why are we ourselves so drawn to winning?
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How Shifting the Body Can Change the Mind

At the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we have been working for the last year to find ways to help our veterans returning from Iraq ...
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Regulation of Emotions Through Body and Mind

Can physical practices such as yoga and breathing exercises really influence the state of our mind? Is there a “wisdom” in the body?
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Feeling Lonely? These Three Ideas Can Help

We live in a time of overpopulation on the one hand and extreme loneliness on the other. We crowd into urban areas but still feel alone. Or we buy large homes and then wish they ...
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Why You're More Emotionally Intelligent on the Phone: We Read Voices Better Than Faces

In workplaces and families across the world, communication has gone online. We send endless emails; we video chat rather than travel across town to meet. Actually sitting down and ...
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The Best Kept Secrets to Exceptional Productivity

Our culture has become one of compulsive overworking. Although this habit "get things done" – the tendency to push themselves further and harder often, over time, comes at a steep ...
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Why Positive Workplaces are More Productive

Too many companies bet on having a cut-throat, high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to drive their financial success. But a large and growing body of research on positive ...
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