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How Groups Shape Individual Judgment

By Art Markman | July 31, 2015

How social are people? New research suggests that we can go so far as to confuse our own actions with those of others.

 
  

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Positive Psychology News, 250 pages, 2015.

What Are Your Strengths?

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2015

Everyone has strengths. A new book explains how to find yours.

 
Carlos Arredondo helps a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. After Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, Arredondo expressed profound ambivalence about the verdict.

Is Vengeance Better for Victims than Forgiveness?

By Jason Marsh | July 29, 2015

In two high-profile cases of mass murder, some have argued that survivors and victims' families need the death penalty for a sense of closure. But is that really true?

 

Six Ways Happiness Is Good for Your Health

By Kira M. Newman | July 28, 2015

Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health.

 

Are We Born Vengeful?

By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015

A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.

 

Three Tricks to Help Find Your Sweet Spot

By Christine Carter | July 23, 2015

Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.

 

The Sleepless See Threats Everywhere

By Yasmin Anwar | July 22, 2015

A new study finds that the sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes.

 

Free Your Mind and Your School Might Follow

By Jay Turner | July 20, 2015

A moving account of the lessons one teacher took back from our Summer Institute for Educators.

 

What Drives Selfless Acts?

By Nathan Collins | July 20, 2015

Altruism has stumped researchers for years, but a new study finds that it may be as simple as choosing to be generous.

 
Caitlyn Jenner (left, on the cover of Vanity Fair) won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. This triggered a social media uproar, with many arguing that it should have gone to U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway (right), an athlete who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq.

When Courage Goes Bad

By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015

Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.

 

Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

By Jason Marsh, Vicki Zakrzewski | July 14, 2015

The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.

 

A Better Way to Pursue Happiness

By Lahnna Catalino | July 13, 2015

Trying to be happy can be a recipe for unhappiness. But researcher Lahnna Catalino explains how to go about it effectively.

 
Elaine Wynn, right, chair of the board of directors for Communities In Schools, congratulates Talitha Halley. In the years since Halley fled Katrina, the organization helped her realize her goal of graduating from Howard University.

What Can We Learn about Resilience from the Children of Katrina?

By Peggy Barmore | July 10, 2015

Ten years after the trauma of the hurricane, a study finds that some students are having unexpected success.

 

Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?

By Jill Suttie | July 8, 2015

Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy.

 

How to Avoid the Empathy Trap

By Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015

Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."

 
New Harbinger, 2015, 230 pages.

Making Teens More Mindful

By Jill Suttie | July 6, 2015

A new book aimed at teens tries to introduce them to mindfulness and help apply it to their lives.

 

Three Ways to Reduce Implicit Bias in Policing

By Tracie L. Keesee | July 2, 2015

Can we correct for unconscious prejudice in law enforcement? Former police officer Tracie Keesee says yes.

 

Four Great Gratitude Strategies

By Juliana Breines | June 30, 2015

Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

 

Why Are Some Children More Giving Than Others?

By Sarah Wheeler | June 29, 2015

A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.

 
W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 400 pages

Can Neuroscience Help Tune Your Brain?

By Jill Suttie | June 26, 2015

A new book explains why we sometimes seem to act against our own best interest—and what we can do to change course.

 

Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

By Rick Hanson | June 25, 2015

Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

 

Please Stop Interrupting Me!

By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015

Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.

 
The Dalai Lama and Daniel Goleman

Can Compassion Change the World?

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2015

Daniel Goleman talks with Greater Good about his new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.

 
Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015

Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

 
GGSC director Dacher Keltner

How the GGSC Helped Turn Pixar “Inside Out”

By Yasmin Anwar | June 19, 2015

Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.

 

Gratitude for Dad

By Janice Kaplan | June 18, 2015

Inspired by the forthcoming book The Gratitude Diaries, 98 young filmmakers created "thank you" videos for their fathers. Here are the best!

 

How to Make Dads Memorable

By Scott Behson | June 18, 2015

When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?

 

Five Ways for Teachers to Recharge This Summer

By Emily Campbell | June 17, 2015

Another school year is over. And just in time, here are activities from our new web resource to help teachers make the most of summer.

 

You DO Have Time for a Summer Vacation

By Christine Carter | June 16, 2015

Many people feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do.

 

Will Mindfulness Hurt Your Career?

By Kerri Cummings | June 15, 2015

Worried that mindfulness will undermine your drive to succeed? Research says you shouldn't be.

 

What Makes a Nation Happy?

By Cat Johnson | June 12, 2015

A rundown of the world's 10 happiest countries—and what factors might have made them that way.

 

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