Authors David Sturt and Tood Nurstrum discuss the contagious nature of positive behaviors and emotions, inlcuding how being appeciated by someone makes us want to show our appreciation for others.
Angela Patton talks about the series of ideas that led to a unique way of celebrating and strengthening the bond between girls and their fathers.
The national anthem, your school’s alma mater or fight song—singing in a group can make you feel emotionally connected. But is there also a physiological response? Read this article to find out.
Source: Pacific Standard
Friendship can provide support during difficult times. But the best way to help a friend depends on that friend’s outlook.
Source: PBS NewsHour
Our schools and our communities are stronger when we reach out to help others. Read about actions school districts across the country are taking to help homeless students.
Source: Psychology Today
What does it really take to form the bond of close friendships? A counselor breaks it down.
Source: Live Science
The hormone oxytocin has long been associated with mothers bonding with their babies. But its full story is much more complex.
Source: Scientific American
The similarities between humans and chimpanzees are not merely genetic. Find out what researchers are learning about their very human-like behaviors.
Source: Psychology Today
Some recent studies have shown that human beings are actually hard-wired to gossip, and that gossip serves a social function in helping us bond with others. But do the negative consequences of gossip outweigh the positive ones?
Source: National Geographic
Adorable baby animal videos are all over the Internet; find out the touching story behind one of them.
Source: What If?
Author Randall Munroe explores how far people have been from their fellow humans and how they may have felt about that distance.
Source: Big Think
Why do we make connections with digital assistants when we know they don’t have feelings?
Source: The Japan Times
People come together to hear the song of the bell cricket at one Japanese temple.
Source: The Seattle Times
Across the nation, budget cuts threaten the existence of small schools in rural areas. Read about the important role some of these schools play in binding communities together.
Source: The Guardian
In this essay, writer George Monbiot explores the current state of humanity—and finds that it centers not on our devotion to technology, but instead on our loss of bonds with others.
A journalist reflects on the evolving bonds of a friendship formed on the basketball court.
Source: Duke University
In this short video, Brian Hare explores the importance of friendliness in the animal and human worlds.
Source: Cesar's Way
If you feel like you and your dog love each other, it isn’t just your imagination. Research shows that levels of a bonding hormone spike in both dogs and their humans when they’re together.
Source: World Religion News
Learn about traditional lantern festivals in Japan.
The bombing of a London subway station in 2005 may have been meant to drive a wedge between people, but one survivor feels that it brought her closer to the rest of humanity.