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What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Negative Emotions

By Kira M. Newman | January 13, 2017

According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.

 
  

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Can Compassion Training Help Physicians Avoid Burnout?

By Jill Suttie | January 12, 2017

A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for those prone to depression.

 

How to Fight Stress with Empathy

By Arthur P. Ciaramicoli | January 11, 2017

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.

 

Why 2016 Was Actually One of the Best Years on Record

By Annie Duflo, Jeffrey Mosenkis | January 10, 2017

World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.

 
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Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World

By Elif M. Gokcigdem | January 9, 2017

Museums are a safe place to explore other points of view, cultures, and histories.

 

How to Reduce Rudeness in the Workplace

By Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017

According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.

 

What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

By Nir Eyal, Monica Worline | January 5, 2017

A conversation with researcher and author Monica Worline about suffering, empathy, and kindness at work.

 

Six Books We Overlooked in 2016

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 4, 2017

Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.

 

Ten Inspiring Moments from 2016

By Greater Good Editors | January 3, 2017

We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Our Best Education Articles of 2016

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 2, 2017

During the past year, Greater Good published a lot of exciting articles about teaching and schools. Here are some of the best.

 

What Will the Theme of Your Life Be in 2017?

By Kira M. Newman | December 30, 2016

As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.

 

How to Find Happiness When You Reflect on the Past Year

By Kira M. Newman | December 29, 2016

According to a new study, reminiscing about certain types of experiences could boost your well-being.

 

The Best Greater Good Articles of 2016

By Greater Good Editors | December 27, 2016

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and our editors pick the best of the rest.

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 26, 2016

Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.

 

Are You a Conformist or a Rebel?

By Kira M. Newman | December 23, 2016

According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.

 

Why Sex Gets Better in Old Age

By Miri Forbes, Robert Krueger, Nicholas Eaton | December 22, 2016

According to a new study, our sexual priorities change as we age and that keeps our sex lives satisfying.

 

Is the Drive to Be Masculine Hurting Your Mental Health?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 21, 2016

A wave of studies in 2016 suggest that masculine ideals can hurt men's physical and mental health. But they also hint at a healthier aspiration for men.

 

How to Budget for More Happiness

By Tchiki Davis | December 20, 2016

The purchases we make fall into four categories—some of which bring more happiness than others.

 

Our Best Parenting Articles of 2016

By Greater Good Editors | December 19, 2016

Here are the year's most acclaimed, popular, or helpful articles on parenting and child development from Greater Good.

 

Is the Search for Happiness Making Us Anxious?

By Jill Suttie | December 16, 2016

A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.

 
Aleppo, Syria

Syrian Refugee Aid Workers Are Training in Mindfulness

By Hugh Byrne | December 15, 2016

A new program teaches humanitarian aid workers how to build resilience so they can handle the intense stress of supporting those in desperate need of help.

 

How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving

By Jason Marsh | December 14, 2016

Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).

 

Should We Always Look for Silver Linings?

By Kira M. Newman | December 13, 2016

According to a new study, changing your perspective may be helpful in some situations—but not others.

 

The Dark Side of Believing in Natural Talent

By Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool | December 12, 2016

The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.

 
Courtney Martin

What Can Americans Dream Now?

By Jenara Nerenberg | December 9, 2016

We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over competition and ownership.

 

Would the World Be Better Off without Empathy?

By Jill Suttie | December 8, 2016

Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.

 

Our Favorite Books of 2016

By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016

Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.

 

Is Your Empathy Determined by Your Genes?

By Summer Allen | December 6, 2016

A new study of twins explores where empathy comes from: nature or nurture?

 

Does Self-Compassion Make You Selfish?

By Jill Suttie | December 5, 2016

A new study suggests that self-compassion makes you hold yourself to a higher standard of morality.

 

Why Is It So Hard to Make Positive Changes?

By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2016

A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.

 
Famous androids: Maeve and Dolores Abernathy from Westworld, and Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Human or Fake? You’ll Know in One Second

By Yasmin Anwar | December 1, 2016

We can be fooled by androids like Maeve in the TV show Westworld, but not so much in real life, a new study suggests.

 

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