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  • Why Humans Need Surprise Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | April 24, 2015

    A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

  • Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, co-instructors for <a href=“”>GG101x: The Science of Happiness</a>. You can still enroll for the self-paced course.
    Can an Online Course Boost Happiness? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Happiness | April 22, 2015

    Based on the results from our “Science of Happiness” class, the answer seems to be Yes!

  • A scene from the film <em>Alive Inside</em>.
    Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive? Family & Couples, Mind & Body | April 21, 2015

    A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

  • What Makes Us Thankful? Work & Career, Gratitude | April 20, 2015

    A recent study suggests that a belief in the free will of other people is key to our ability to feel gratitude when they do something to help us out.

  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose Education, Family & Couples, Happiness, Mindfulness | April 16, 2015

    Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

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    Why Does Altruism Exist? Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Altruism | April 15, 2015

    A new book argues that it is group needs, not individual intention and virtue, that drives altruism.

  • How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Forgiveness | April 14, 2015

    Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.

  • Why Some People Own Mistakes and Others Don’t Forgiveness | April 13, 2015

    What helps us to take responsibility for our mistakes? A recent study says the key might lie with your belief that people can change.

  • Which one will you choose?
    How Science Helps Us Find the Good Mind & Body, Big Ideas | April 9, 2015

    Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.

  • How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together Education, Mindfulness | April 7, 2015

    When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

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    Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Mindfulness | May 27, 2011

    Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Arturo Bejar, a Facebook engineer who has been leading its “social reporting” project, speaking at Facebook’s second Compassion Research Day on July 11.
    Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate? Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | July 25, 2012

    Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

  • Hands On Research: The Science of Touch Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion | September 29, 2010

    Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

  • Six Habits of Highly Grateful People Big Ideas, Gratitude | November 20, 2013

    Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal Gratitude, Happiness | November 17, 2011

    Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

  • John Gottman on Trust and Betrayal Family & Couples | October 29, 2011

    The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.

  • The Compassionate Instinct Big Ideas, Altruism, Compassion | March 1, 2004

    Think humans are born selfish? Think again. Dacher Keltner reveals the compassionate side to human nature.

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