• Who is Happiest? Happiness | September 19, 2014

    We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."

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    When Giving Thanks Can Backfire Family & Couples, Big Ideas, Gratitude | September 18, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Amie Gordon, Ph.D., provides an overview of research into the downsides of gratitude.

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    Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist Society Work & Career, Big Ideas, Gratitude, Happiness | September 17, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the GGSC research fellow explains why consumer society tends to discourage gratitude—and how we can begin to foster a stronger sense of gratefulness.

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    Can Gratitude Help People with Heart Disease? Mind & Body, Gratitude | September 17, 2014

    In a presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Jeff Huffman of Harvard Medical School describes his study of the role that gratitude can play in the healing process following an acute illness.

  • Games and other playful activities were a key part of the Greater Good Science Center’s Summer Institute for Educators, which develops key social-emotional learning skills.
    How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms Education | September 16, 2014

    SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.

  • Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights Education, Mindfulness | September 16, 2014

    An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education.

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    The Social Benefits of Gratitude Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Gratitude | September 15, 2014

    Dr. Philip Watkins of Eastern Washington University explains how gratitude improves relationships and cognitive processes.

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    Gratitude in Your Brain Mind & Body, Gratitude | September 15, 2014

    In a presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Christina M. Karns of the University of Oregon describes her research into the relationship between gratitude, social reasoning, decision-making, and the brain.

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    How Does Gratitude Affect Health and Aging? Mind & Body, Gratitude | September 12, 2014

    At the 2014 Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Wendy Mendes of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses her research, “Effects of Measured and Manipulated Gratitude on Biomarkers of Health and Aging.”

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    The Gratitude Effect Mind & Body, Gratitude | September 12, 2014

    The GGSC’s science director leads a session at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit about the physical, social, and mental health benefits of gratitude, featuring new insights from four leading researchers: Christina Karns, Wendy Berry Mendes, Jeff Huffman, and Philip Watkins.

  • 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.

  • When Are You Sacrificing Too Much in Your Relationship? Family & Couples, Gratitude | August 15, 2012

    Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.

  • How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination Mind & Body, Compassion | August 20, 2014

    A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

  • Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination? Education, Work & Career, Mind & Body, Compassion | July 16, 2014

    Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.

  • 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.

  • How to Deal with Mean People Family & Couples, Compassion | April 15, 2013

    Hint: Don’t just turn the other cheek.

  • Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School Education, Mindfulness | August 11, 2014

    A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

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

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

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

  • Four Ways Teachers Can Show They Care Education | September 18, 2012

    Research suggests caring relationships with teachers help students do better in school and act more kindly toward others.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way Mind & Body, Empathy, Mindfulness | February 9, 2011

    A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

  • Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain Education, Mind & Body | March 19, 2013

    In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.

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