Articles

Most Recent Story

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.

 
  

Past Stories

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.

 

Do Feelings Look the Same in Every Human Face?

By Jill Suttie | November 30, 2016

A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.

 

How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

By Christine Carter | November 29, 2016

Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.

 

Can Corporate Giving Make You More Generous?

By Elizabeth Hopper | November 28, 2016

According to a new study, generous businesses inspire individuals to give, too—thanks to one particular emotion.

 

Teens Overestimate the Bad Behavior of Peers

By Sarah W. Helms | November 25, 2016

All the cool kids aren’t doing it, says a new study. In fact, teens underestimate good behavior among their classmates.

 

How to Say Thanks Without Feeling Indebted

By Jill Suttie | November 23, 2016

Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.

 

Eight Ways to Stand Up to Hate

By Elizabeth Svoboda | November 22, 2016

Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?

 
Steve Silberman

Does Neurodiversity Have a Future?

By Jenara Nerenberg | November 21, 2016

We talk with Steve Silberman about the impact of the presidential election on disability research, education, and advocacy.

 
Katherine J. Cramer

Did Resentment Fuel Trump’s Victory?

By Claudia Wallis | November 18, 2016

A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.

 

How to Journal Through Your Struggles

By Kira M. Newman | November 17, 2016

Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.

 
Study participants work together on an activity.

How the Growth Mindset Can Increase Cooperation

By Alex Shashkevich | November 16, 2016

In a new study, researchers saw Jewish- and Palestinian-Israeli students cooperating better after a simple lesson.

 

Narcissists Finish Last

By Adam Hoffman | November 15, 2016

According to a new study, narcissists start out popular—but eventually, people see through them.

 

How to Help Diverse Students Find Common Ground

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | November 14, 2016

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.

 
Arlie Russell Hochschild

Why We Need Empathy in the Age of Trump

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.

 

Struggling for Gratitude after the Election

By Kira M. Newman | November 10, 2016

Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.

 

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

By Kira M. Newman | November 9, 2016

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

 

Three Activities to Help Students Deepen Their Gratitude

By Emily Campbell | November 8, 2016

How do we encourage students to move from saying thank you to actually feeling grateful? These classroom ideas from Open Circle can help.

 

What Does the Way Your Mind Wanders Reveal about You?

By Yasmin Anwar | November 7, 2016

According to a new study, conditions like ADHD and anxiety may be linked to normal brain functions gone awry.

 

How to Stop the Culture of Complaining in Schools

By Owen Griffith | November 4, 2016

Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.

 

How to Talk with Boys about Trump’s Attitude Toward Women

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 3, 2016

The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication? 

 

Three Gratitude Lessons for K-8 Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Nurturing Gratitude from the Inside Out, from The Inner Resilience Program, offers practical classroom activities integrating gratitude, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness.

 

Two Gratitude Practices for Building Trust Among School Staff

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Foster kindness and goodwill at your next meeting by saying “thank you.”

 

The Trouble with Trigger Warnings

By Mariah Flynn | November 1, 2016

Can educators warn students about troubling content without discouraging class participation? Here are some tips.

 

Can Mindfulness Help You Be More Authentic?

By Kira M. Newman | October 31, 2016

According to a new study, mindful people might be happier because they act according to their values.

 

Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

By Jill Suttie | October 28, 2016

We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.

 

Page 1 of 89 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›

Most...

  
  

Greater Good Events

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training
International House
December 9-10, 2016


Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer.


» ALL EVENTS
 
 

Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!

» TAKE A QUIZ
 

Watch Greater Good Videos

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.

Watch
 

Greater Good Resources

 
 
» MORE STUDIES
 
 
» MORE ORGS
 

Book of the Week

How Pleasure Works By Paul Bloom Bloom explores a broad range of human pleasures from food to sex to religion to music. Bloom argues that human pleasure is not purely an instinctive, superficial, sensory reaction; it has a hidden depth and complexity.

» READ MORE
 
Is she flirting with you? Take the quiz and find out.
"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

thnx advertisement