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Breaking Bread and Building Connection

Kim Samuel | Posted 12.11.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

The final weeks of the year are a sacred time for many religious communities and cultures. Though the observers--and observances--differ, there is one...

Male Isolation: Recognizing the Invisible Men in our Midst

Kim Samuel | Posted 10.24.2016 | Impact
Kim Samuel

A young African-American man lives beneath the surface, "rent-free in a building rented strictly to whites, in a section of the basement that was shut...

Can Your Immune System Affect Your Ability to Make Friends?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

By Jill Suttie We at Greater Good often write about the importance of social connection in our lives. Many studies suggest that people with stronger...

Why You Should Have Friends

Andrew Merle | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrew Merle

Relationships with other people are arguably the most important thing in our lives. And in addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, relationships are fun.

The Transformative Power of Social Connection

Terry DeMeo | Posted 12.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Terry DeMeo

The day before Thanksgiving, I stood in a long line at LaGuardia Airport waiting for a taxi. I'd flown to New York to spend the holiday with my famil...

The New Science of Stress: What You Need to Know

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

It's time for us to start having a more balanced conversation about stress. While chronic stress exists and isn't good for our mental or physical health, there is so much more to the stress story than "stress is bad."

5 Styles of Perfectionism: Which One Are You?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 05.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Practitioners and researchers talk about perfectionism in a number of different ways, and there are different types or styles of perfectionism. Here are five:

7 Positive Psychology Happy Habits for Work and Life

Dr. Colleen Georges | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Colleen Georges

Whether we are looking for greater harmony in our family relationships, more meaningful friendships, greater purpose and satisfaction at work, or more engagement in our community, the end goal is usually the same -- happiness.

Daydream Believing: Imagining Connections

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

We spend an inordinate amount of our waking time daydreaming -- half of our waking thought, according to some estimates -- and much of this drifting is social in nature. Is it possible that imagining others shapes our momentary feelings and affects our overall well-being -- much like real events? That's the idea that Giulia Poerio and her colleagues have been investigating.

How to Make Meaningful Choices You Won't Regret

Lisa M.P. Munoz | Posted 03.22.2015 | Science
Lisa M.P. Munoz

Even though all the research tells us that money in and of itself won't bring us meaning, we still are, understandably, lured to wealth. We need to inject more of our passions into everyday life -- to create the sparks that give us more meaning. Only then can we truly author our own lives.

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2014: 'Change My World in 1 Minute'

Nicole Luongo | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), over 17 million people worldwide have cerebral palsy -- for which there is no cure. I am one of them.

The Key Ingredients You Need To Be Happier

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living

We all want to be happy, and we all have different ways of trying to achieve happiness. But as it turns out, you might be going about it all wrong. ...

One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters by Larry Dossey, MD

Suna Senman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Books
Suna Senman

In my journey for new perspectives on meaningfulness, I discovered a newly published book, One Mind. At last, the iron curtain between science and spi...

What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Good To Each Other

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living

Our animal counterparts have quite a few lessons to offer (the value of napping, for one). Humans are fundamentally social animals, and in learning to...

Loneliness Is a Silent Killer

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Few people are aware of how dangerous it is to "inhale" two packs a day of emotional isolation. Because loneliness is viewed merely as an unfortunate circumstance and not as the silent killer it is, it rarely triggers a sense of urgency in the person who suffers from it.

In Defense of Facebook

Jana Novak | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

Certainly any form of "virtual" interaction can lead to more isolation not less -- more social fabric fraying, not less; more broken community ties, not less -- but not all the time. Many times, virtual interaction can lead to the exact opposite: less isolation, more social fabric, more community ties.

Classy Food

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact
Paul Stoller

As Congressional Republicans advocate for drastic cuts in the food stamp program, a wide variety of farmers markets are now open for business, touting fresh and nutritious food.

Peace Yourself Together

Suna Senman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

While loneliness and isolation do not always lead to violence, and while they are not the only causes of violence, they are often a contributing factor to it. Learning how to transform isolation, in ourselves and others, thus can help facilitate not only inner peace but also social stability.

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Since graduating with my master's degree in positive psychology, I've worked with and observed thousands of people in a wide variety of settings, and happy people just flow with the groove of life in a unique way. Here is what they do differently.

Culture Crack: Why Our Addiction to Connection Is Changing Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in America

Kirk Snyder | Posted 03.10.2012 | Technology
Kirk Snyder

While crack cocaine rewires the chemistry of the brain, technological connection rewires the chemistry of the culture. It's an addiction that is changing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America.

Digging For Your Roots, Anyone?

Patricia Rust | Posted 02.28.2012 | Travel
Patricia Rust

I was already on a cruise through the Mediterranean, so I thought that after the pleasure of cruising, I could enjoy the thrill of research in some libraries in a country where I knew no one. Little did I know that this former country of strangers would soon become a country of friends!

Why Comfort Is Actually Bad For You

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

Our core psychological needs are satisfied not by how comfy we feel but by breaking out of the force field of routine.

The Real Motivation Behind Going Public in Philanthropy

Suzanne Skees | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

For Warren Buffet and me, giving feels really good, because the truth is, we receive more than the supposed recipient. This thing we call "love of humankind," philanthropy, infuses our whole being with love of self.

Is Social Networking Destroying Our Social Lives?

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

There's no doubt you meet some great folks online, as I have, but the social animal needs to connect more than superficially with others of the tribe.

Are You Surrounded With Authentic Communities? Explore 7 Possibilities

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Welcome. I am so glad you joined us. Please, settle in and get cozy. I want to talk about 'community,' something the Living Section is becoming very ...