Tips for Getting People to Talk Across Political Differences

Our experience shows that people with widely different viewpoints on big issues can have discussions, find agreement, and collaborate.   Never in recent memory has our country experienced such deep divides in our politics and discourse. People of good will and spirit are unable to understand each other or bridge their differences across not just political[…]

How Americans Can Find What They Have in Common

Can we bridge differences without suppressing what makes us different in the first place? Yes, say social scientists and civic organizations.   The 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding resonated with millions of people around the world—it retains the title of the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history. Why? Perhaps because its central conflict is one that countless[…]

Why Experiencing Joy and Pain in a Group Is So Powerful

Brené Brown explains how to overcome our sense of disconnection and find our common humanity.    Today, our culture is in crisis. Many people have retreated to their ideological bunkers to hate from afar, dehumanizing others rather than risk having real, meaningful conversations across their differences.   How will we find our way back to[…]

Tips for Living With Depression

Everything feels more challenging when you’re dealing with depression. Going to work, socializing with friends, or even just getting out of bed can feel like a struggle.   But there are some things you can do to cope with your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are eight tips for living with depression.[…]

Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Everyone Struggles With Confidence   Self-confidence is defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment. Self-confidence is important to your health and psychological well-being.   Having a healthy level of self-confidence can help you become successful in your personal and professional life.   Benefits of Self-Confidence When you believe in yourself,[…]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Lessons from Mister Rogers That Can Help Americans Be Neighbors Again   The host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught kids critical emotional and social skills that are still relevant to adults today.   Fred McFeely Rogers was a shy, somewhat awkward, and sometimes bullied child growing up in the 1930s. After going to college for what he[…]

How Self-Compassion Helps You Cope With the Ups and Downs of Life

Learning to talk to yourself like you would a friend   When it comes to personal development, our culture often celebrates those who are self-assured or self-confident. But new research suggests that self-compassion might be a better way to approach success and personal development. For instance, self-confidence makes you feel better about your abilities, while self-compassion encourages you[…]

Mindfulness at Work

Study first to uncover positive benefits for teams   Date: May 3, 2018 Source: University of British Columbia Summary: Challenges and differences in opinion are inevitable when working in a team. But new research suggests some of these conflicts can be reduced, or even avoided, through team mindfulness.   Challenges and differences in opinion are[…]

Ways to Help Teens Feel Good about Themselves

As teens struggle with anxiety and perfectionism, how can we help them like who they are?   No one wants to hang out with me. I’m a failure at school. All my other friends seem happy. What’s wrong with me?   These kinds of negative thoughts are becoming more common in our homes and schools.[…]

How Adversity Can Lead to Personal Growth

In the face of hardship, some people manage to find deeper meaning and purpose. Discover the factors of post-traumatic growth.   I was sitting at a small table in a New York City apartment with a couple named Sarah and Raúl and two women named Christine and Sandy. I had arrived two and a half[…]