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What does it all mean? Exploring the science of the meaning of life - Photo of a dandelion blowing in the wind
Compassion

What Does It All Mean? 

Humans are inherently motivated to seek out fulfillment in their lives—to thrive, rather than simply survive. New research shows that meaning may be simple to find because it’s all around us. Read More 

  • Misty Pratt
  • October 7, 2022
Why we believe in luck—Photo of a White man with brown hair crossing his fingers, smiling, and closing his eyes in front of a yellow studio background.
Focus

Why We Believe in Luck 

Our notions of chance, fate, or fortune really can shape what happens to us—just not in the way we might think. Here’s how our practice reveals a wiser way of “getting lucky.” Read More 

  • Misty Pratt
  • August 4, 2022
Why Our Brains are Designed to Forget—Illustration of a white face with the back of it going through a shredder with a dark blue background with three yellow stars.
Focus

Why Our Brains Are Designed to Forget 

While many of us yearn to sharpen our memory, the science of sleep shows that, in fact, our brains are designed to forget—a process that unlocks the mind’s capacity to dream and think in creative ways. Read More 

  • Scott A. Small
  • July 28, 2022
Illustration of a woman sitting cross-legged on a yoga matt in her living room with a cat by her feet. She's imagining a tropical beach.
Calm

It Matters Why You Meditate 

Research suggests that the way you view your emotional and psychological life may influence your reasons for meditating, and how much benefit you get from the practice. Read More 

  • Mara Gulens
  • July 14, 2022
How the Arts Can Bring Healing to Healthcare—Colored pencils are laid out on a white surface, with the points toward a gap in the shape of a heart.
Anxiety

How the Arts Can Bring Healing to Healthcare 

We often think of art and science as separate or even opposites, yet there’s a growing wave of organizations, medical school programs, and people exploring the ways in which the two fields overlap. Read More 

  • Mindful Staff
  • April 19, 2022
The Science of Gratitude—A woman lays on grass outdoors and looks up at the sky. Along the border are flowers, birds, and butterflies.
Calm

The Science of Gratitude 

Research shows gratitude isn’t just a pleasant feeling—being grateful can also support greater health, happiness, and wisdom in ourselves and our communities. Read More 

  • Misty Pratt
  • February 17, 2022

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