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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.

 
  

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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

 
In December 2014, protests and riots erupted in Berkeley, California, on

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

 
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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.

 

Gratitude Greatest Hits

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2014

During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!

 

Three Benefits To Mindfulness at Work

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 17, 2014

Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.

 

21 Ways to “Give Good No”

By Christine Carter | November 13, 2014

Saying “no” can be really hard. But Christine Carter has a three-step plan to get there.

 

Five Ways to Foster Interracial Friendship in Schools

By Jill Suttie | November 12, 2014

New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.

 

Can Diversity Make You a Better Communicator?

By Summer Allen | November 10, 2014

A new study finds that people with diverse social roles show stronger brain responses to nonverbal signals from other people.

 

Starved for Time? Here’s a Surprising—and Easy—Solution

By Christine Carter | November 4, 2014

Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.

 

Which Countries Are Happiest in “The Science of Happiness”?

By Juliana Breines | November 3, 2014

See how the happiness levels of students in our online course vary depending on where they live.

 

Just One Thing: Be Amazed

By Rick Hanson | October 30, 2014

Rick Hanson reminds us to see existence with delight, awe, gratitude, and wow!

 

Four Reasons to Stay Single

By Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014

New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.

 

The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014

A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.

 

Building Empathy in Healthcare

By Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014

A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.

 

Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | October 23, 2014
 

The Three Components of Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | October 21, 2014
 

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.

 

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