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How to Cultivate Well-Being in Teachers and Students

By Jill Suttie | July 21, 2014

A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.

 

Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

By Linda Graham | 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.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Stop Substance Abuse?

By Emily Nauman | July 14, 2014

About half of substance abusers who enter treatment use again within a year. Can it help to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness?

 

Green Cities, Happy Cities

By Heather Yundt | July 9, 2014

A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.

 
Matthew Boger (left) and Tim Zaal.

Facing Fear, Facing Forgiveness

By Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014

Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.

 

Can’t Get Therapy? Try Gratitude and Kindness

By Lauren Klein | July 7, 2014

A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.

 
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Just One Thing: Be Mind Full of Good

By Rick Hanson | July 3, 2014

Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.

 

Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 1, 2014

Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.

 

How Meditation Changes the Brain

By Shauna Shapiro | June 30, 2014
 

Can Mindful Managers Make Happier Employees?

By Hooria Jazaieri | June 30, 2014

Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.

 

Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

By Diana Divecha | June 25, 2014

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.

 

The IAA Model of Mindfulness

By Shauna Shapiro | June 24, 2014
 

Making Mindfulness Part of Therapy

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2014

A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.

 

Scientific Insights from the Greater Good Gratitude Summit

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 17, 2014

The Greater Good Science Center has sponsored dozens of researchers to expand the frontiers of knowledge about gratitude. On June 7, we brought them together.

 

Mindful Discipline for Kids

By Jill Suttie | June 16, 2014

Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.

 

Need a Kidney? Go to a Happy State

By Craig L Anderson | June 13, 2014

A new study suggests that feelings of happiness might actually spur extraordinary acts of altruism.

 
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy speaks during a June 9 event on working fathers at the White House.

Three Steps to a Father-Friendly Workplace

By Mike Wallberg | June 11, 2014

Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.

 

Self-Compassionate Parents, Happier Teens

By Emily Nauman | June 9, 2014

A new study finds that children of mindfully self-compassionate parents tend to have lower rates of anxiety and depression.

 

Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for You

By Joseph P. Forgas | June 4, 2014

Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.

 
New Harbinger, 2014, 199 pages

How Parents Can Keep Their Cool

By Jill Suttie | June 3, 2014

Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.

 

Three Ways Mindfulness Reduces Depression

By Emily Nauman | June 2, 2014

Research says that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. A new study finds out why.

 
The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas discusses her work with improving the emotional intelligence of Facebook interactions at the second compassion research day.

Ten New Scientific Findings About Facebook

By Katherine Thorson | May 30, 2014

Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.

 
Basic Books, 2014, 230 pages

Why Do We Laugh?

By Jill Suttie | May 28, 2014

A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.

 

Just One Thing: Feel Whole

By Rick Hanson | May 26, 2014

Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.

 
Former Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith with student

A New Model of School Reform

By Vicki Zakrzewski | May 21, 2014

Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.

 
Hudson Street Press, 266 pages, 2014

What’s the Truth about Trust?

By Jill Suttie | May 21, 2014

A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.

 
Jack Kornfield speaking at one of the GGSC's Science of a Meaningful Life seminars. He'll join us again on June 7 for the Greater Good Gratitude Summit.

Jack Kornfield on Gratitude and Mindfulness

By Carolyn Gregoire | May 19, 2014

The Buddhist teacher and best-selling author explores the connection between moment-to-moment awareness and "the spirit of gratitude."

 

Can Mindfulness Help Adults Who Were Abused as Children?

By Emily Nauman | May 19, 2014

A new study explores how mindfulness meditation might help women cultivate more secure adult relationships.

 

Forgive Yourself, Save Your Relationship

By Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014

Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.

 

How to Overcome Barriers to Forgiveness

By Linda Graham | May 13, 2014

It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?

 

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