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Being kind serves to elevate your own well-being

Being kind serves to elevate your own well-being

Written by Douglas LaBier and originally posted on the Huffington Post I came across this small but useful study from Oxford researchers, and it caught my attention because it’s one more bit of evidence of our underlying interconnectedness. It shows that doing something positive for others enhances our own happiness. The study consisted of a […]

Eight Things to Remember about Child Development

Eight Things to Remember about Child Development

Originally Posted by Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child Building on a well-established knowledge base more than half a century in the making, recent advances in the science of early childhood development and its underlying biology provide a deeper understanding that can inform and improve existing policy and practice, as well as help generate new […]

New research shows benefits of small treats in goal attainment

New research shows benefits of small treats in goal attainment

Posted by Andrew Trounson, Futurity.org A new study links simple pleasures with making better progress toward personal goals. Enough simple pleasures can even counter the negative effects of a bad day.   The results have implications for workplace productivity and stress management, says lead author Nicole Mead, associate professor at the University of Melbourne. There […]

New research recommends targeted approach to seeking donations
By December 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

New research recommends targeted approach to seeking donations

Posted to Futurity by Matthew Biddle Charities and nonprofits can increase engagement and revenue by suggesting the right donation levels, according to new research. Setting a low suggested amount increased the total number of donations, the study found. Conversely, setting a high default amount increased the average amount donors gave, but resulted in fewer contributions overall. […]

Depression in adolescents trending upward, research shows
By December 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Depression in adolescents trending upward, research shows

Mojtabai, R., Olfson, M., & Han, B. (2016). National trends in the prevalence and treatment ofdepression in adolescents and young adults. Pediatrics 138(6). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2016-1878. Summarized by Justin Preston     Introduction The risk of developing depression rises sharply once children reach adolescence. Surveys of a nationwide sample of adolescents between the ages of 13 […]

Being mindful of microaggressions: What are they and what mentors and programs can do
By December 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Being mindful of microaggressions: What are they and what mentors and programs can do

Written by Anne Godlasky, USA TODAY Many Americans have experienced “microaggressions,” but not as many know it. Microaggressions are the “constant and continuing reality of slights, insults, invalidations and indignities visited upon marginalized groups by well-intentioned, moral and decent family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, students, teachers, clerks, waiters and waitresses, employers, health care professionals and […]

Rethinking poverty: New research looks at deprivation beyond income level
By December 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Rethinking poverty: New research looks at deprivation beyond income level

Posted by Lance Wallace, Georgia Institute of Technology Since social scientists and economists began measuring poverty, its definition has never strayed far from a discussion of income. Now, new research shows there are multiple components of poverty that more accurately describe a household’s economic condition. “Deprivation” is more than simply low income, says Shatakshee Dhongde. Almost […]

Empathic teacher-student connections lead to better student behavior
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Empathic teacher-student connections lead to better student behavior

By Emily Underwood, ScienceMag School suspension rates have nearly tripled in the United States since the 1970s, rising from just 3.7% of all students in 1974 to nearly 11% in 2011. That’s a big deal because missed class means missed learning, and suspensions can predict future unemployment and even incarceration. Now, a new study suggests […]

For older adults, providing advice helps make their lives meaningful
By November 22, 2016 2 Comments Read More →

For older adults, providing advice helps make their lives meaningful

Written by Markus H. Schafer and Laura Upenieks A new study reveals that individuals in their 60s who give advice to a broad range of people tend to see their lives as especially meaningful. At the same time, this happens to be the age when opportunities for dispensing advice become increasingly scarce. According to the […]

Got gratitude? New research shows that doing makes us more grateful than having
By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Got gratitude? New research shows that doing makes us more grateful than having

Posted on Futurity by Rebecca Valli, Cornell A new study, published in the journal Emotion, suggests many of us feel more thankful for things we experience rather than things we own—and that the gratitude we derive from experiences can make us more generous to others. “Think about how you feel when you come home from buying something new,” […]