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Social Connection in “The Science of Happiness”

By Tchikima Davis | October 21, 2014

Our online course has registered more than 110,000 students. Which of them feel most connected to other people?

 
Can you spot anger in another person? Take our emotional intelligence quiz!

The Right Way to Get Angry

By Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener | October 20, 2014

Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?

 

The Battle Between Success and Compassion

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 17, 2014

If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.

 
Studies say that kindness makes you more physically attractive...even in high school!

Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | October 15, 2014

A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.

 

Do We Need God to Feel Awe?

By Tania Lombrozo | October 9, 2014

New studies are exploring the scientific basis for feelings of reverence and wonder.

 

Making Gratitude Viral

By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 8, 2014
 

Cultivating Gratitude in the Workplace

By Chris Murchison | October 6, 2014
 

When Does Power Hurt Romance?

By Amie M. Gordon | October 2, 2014

Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.

 
Routledge, 2014. 243 pages.

What is a Good Life?

By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014

A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

 

How Can We Cultivate Gratitude in Schools?

By Giocomo Bono | September 29, 2014
 

How Does Gratitude Affect Romantic Relationships?

By Sara Algoe | September 29, 2014
 

Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

By Rick Hanson | September 26, 2014

We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?

 

How Parents Can Foster Gratitude in Kids

By Andrea Hussong | September 24, 2014
 
Joshua Wolf Shenk

The Social Artist

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014

A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.

 

Challenges to Gratitude Research

By Alex Wood | September 22, 2014
 

Who is Happiest?

By Tchikima Davis | September 19, 2014

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

 

When Giving Thanks Can Backfire

By Amie M. Gordon | September 18, 2014
 

Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist Society

By Tom Gilovich | September 17, 2014
 

Can Gratitude Help People with Heart Disease?

By Jeff Huffman | September 17, 2014
 
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

By Vicki Zakrzewski | 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

By Emily Campbell | September 16, 2014

An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education.

 

The Social Benefits of Gratitude

By Phil Watkins | September 15, 2014
 

Gratitude in Your Brain

By Christina Karns | September 15, 2014
 

How Does Gratitude Affect Health and Aging?

By Wendy Berry Mendes | September 12, 2014
 
Charlie Simpson, who is featured in Every Three Seconds.

Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

By Jill Suttie | September 11, 2014

A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.

 

Why Does Gratitude Matter?

By Robert Emmons | September 10, 2014
 

Prayer and Gratitude

By Jack Kornfield | September 9, 2014
 

Joy and Grace

By Jack Kornfield | September 9, 2014
 

Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

By Susan M. Pollak, Ronald D. Siegel,, Thomas Pedulla | September 8, 2014

More and more therapists are integrating moment-to-moment awareness into their practice. Here's why—and how.

 

Facing Difficulty with Gratitude

By Jack Kornfield | September 5, 2014
 

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  • Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

    September 26, 2014

    We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?

  • When Does Power Hurt Romance?

    October 2, 2014

    Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.

  • What is a Good Life?

    October 1, 2014

    A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

  

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Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff
International House, UC Berkeley campus
November 7, 2014


Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.


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