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This essay is derived from Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, which contains full references to all the studies mentioned.

Can Connection Cure Addiction?

By Johann Hari | January 27, 2015

The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.

 
  

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Mindfulness Helps You Feel Good about Helping

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 26, 2015

A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.

 

Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

 

How to Find Your Sweet Spot

By Jill Suttie | January 21, 2015

Jill Suttie talks with the GGSC's Christine Carter about her new book.

 

Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

By Jill Suttie | January 20, 2015

New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.

 
Tris in the film version of Divergent

Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

By Christine Carter | January 19, 2015

True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.

 

Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds

By Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015

Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

 

Happiness Tip: Stop Checking Your Freaking Phone

By Christine Carter | January 13, 2015

New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?

 
Valorie Salimpoor, McGill University

Why We Love Music

By Jill Suttie | January 12, 2015

Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.

 

How Gratitude Beats Materialism

By Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | January 8, 2015

New studies reveal how to deliberately cultivate gratitude in ways that counter materialism and its negative effects.

 

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 7, 2015

Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.

 
James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.

Five Foolproof Ways to Feel More Joy in 2015

By Christine Carter | January 6, 2015

Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.

 

Just One Thing: Let It Go

By Rick Hanson | January 5, 2015

Some things are easy to give up, says Rick Hanson. But what do you do when they aren't?

 

The Three Most Important Tactics for Keeping Your Resolutions

By Christine Carter | December 30, 2014

It's easy to make New Year resolutions. The trick lies in keeping them!

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2014

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett , Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie | December 26, 2014

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

The Cost of Blaming Parents

By Joshua Coleman, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Philip A. Cowan | December 23, 2014

Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?

 

Variety is the Spice of Emotional Life

By Kira M. Newman | December 22, 2014

A new paper finds that cultivating a diversity of emotions—positive or negative—can make us happier and healthier.

 

Three Easy Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Relatives

By Christine Carter | December 18, 2014

How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.

 
R2014, Current, 219 pages

Can Positive Thinking Really Make Dreams Come True?

By Jill Suttie | December 17, 2014

A new book says we can't ask more of our fantasies than they can give us.

 

Five Ways to Get the Gift Right

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 15, 2014

Do presents make you anxious? Here are research-based techniques to help bring joy back into the holidays.

 
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the GGSC. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (forthcoming in January of 2015) and Raising Happiness.

Why Happiness is the Wrong Pursuit

By Christine Carter | December 11, 2014

The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others

 
A protestor in Berkeley, California, after grand juries decided not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Can Mindfulness Help Reduce Racism?

By Jill Suttie | December 9, 2014

Can we override hidden prejudice? A new study says, yes, it can be done—and the key might be mindfulness meditation.

 
Read Roman Krznaric's essay, Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.

Our Favorite Books of 2014

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 8, 2014

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

 

Just One Thing: Be Kind to Yourself by Being Kind to Others

By Rick Hanson | December 5, 2014

We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.

 

Four Steps to Cultivating Compassion in Boys

By Kozo Hattori | December 2, 2014

Kozo Hattori interviewed researchers and spiritual leaders about how to raise compassionate boys. This is what he discovered.

 

Debunking the Myths about Boys and Emotions

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 1, 2014

Research has found that boys can connect emotionally with others at a very deep level—we just have to make it safe for them to do so.

 
A boy stands outside his home following the devastating 2009  earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.

Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal from Trauma?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 26, 2014

Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.

 

Three Steps to a Low-Stress, High-Joy Holiday Season

By Christine Carter | November 25, 2014

Christine Carter suggests how we can make this "the most wonderful time of the year," for real.

 

The Sharing Effect

By Summer Allen | November 24, 2014

A new study explores why sharing emotional experiences—even negative ones—makes us feel better

 
Perigee Trade, 2014, 272 pages

Why Empathy Matters

By Jill Suttie | November 21, 2014

A new book argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.

 

How to Practice Radical Gratitude

By Christine Carter | November 19, 2014

Are you burnt out on gratitude even before Thanksgiving? Christine Carter offers three ways to keep your feelings of gratefulness fresh.

 

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