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Just One Thing: Pay Attention!

By Rick Hanson | October 5, 2015

Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.


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Can Don Draper from the TV series Mad Men increase your emotional intelligence?

Watching TV Can Boost Emotional Intelligence

By Tom Jacobs | October 2, 2015

A new study finds that watching high-quality television dramas can increase our ability to read other people's emotions.


The Five Myths of Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | September 30, 2015

Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.


How Parents Influence Early Moral Development

By Jill Suttie | September 29, 2015

A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.

UC Berkeley professor and Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner co-teaches GG101x.

Little Life Changes Inspired by the Science of Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | September 28, 2015

Students share what they've gained from taking our free online happiness course.

Studies find that relatively happy people of Bhutan (left) and Iceland (upper right) have governments that are responsive to their needs, but that the unhappy Moldovans (lower right) are distrusting and uncooperative.

Should Governments Measure Happiness?

By Peter Kinderman | September 25, 2015

Governments are starting to track happiness. Is it just a waste of time and money?


Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity

By Emily Campbell | September 24, 2015

For children and adults alike, curiosity has been linked with psychological, emotional, social, and even health benefits.


How Inequality Can Make Wealthy People Less Cooperative

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2015

A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.

Crown, 2015, 379 pages

How Bias Warps Criminal Justice

By Jill Suttie | September 22, 2015

A new book explains the science of implicit bias.


Three Strategies for Bringing More Kindness into Your Life

By Juliana Breines | September 16, 2015

Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

Dutton, 2015, 307 pages

Say Thank You, Change Your Life

By Jill Suttie | September 15, 2015

A new book takes the reader through a year of looking on the bright side.


How Good Cheer Spreads Through Teen Social Networks

By Tom Jacobs | September 14, 2015

A new study finds that surrounding yourself with emotionally healthy friends is an effective way to avoid—or recover from—depression.


Can Mindfulness Reduce Binge Drinking at Colleges?

By Kira M. Newman | September 10, 2015

Binge-drinking students have lower grades, worse health, and more legal problems. A new study suggests a strategy that might help.


Take a Picture Today, Feel Happy Tomorrow

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

A recent study revealed that rediscovering mundane experiences can make us happier than we think they will. Here are tips for making that happen.


Is it Time to Take the “Positive” Out of Positive Psychology?

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.


Ten Questions to Ask about Scientific Studies

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 8, 2015

Never take a study at face value, including one you read about in Greater Good!

A scene from the 2015 film, Stanford Prison Experiment.

Does Power Corrupt Everyone Equally?

By Scott Barry Kaufman | September 3, 2015

A new film reveals an important but rarely discussed lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment.


Learning Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

By Jill Suttie | September 2, 2015

A new book explores why we forgive and how forgiveness can help us.

GGSC Senior Fellow Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of the new book The Sweet Spot.

32 Tips for My Daughter Before She Leaves Home

By Christine Carter | September 1, 2015

Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.

GG101x instructors Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner

Can You Really Learn to be Happier?

By Yasmin Anwar | August 31, 2015

The GGSC's Science of Happiness class relaunches on Sept. 8!


How to Be More Patient (and Why It’s Worth It)

By Art Markman | August 28, 2015

Research reveals why waiting just a little longer can lead to real benefits.

Gotham, 2015, 266 pages.

Can We Make Charitable Giving More Effective?

By Jill Suttie | August 27, 2015

Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.


Three Lessons for Students from the Film “The Prophet”

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 25, 2015

Discussing the new film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s timeless poems with students can help reveal the science of a meaningful life.

Matthieu Ricard

Can People Change?

By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015

In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.


How Kindness Can Define Who You Are

By Nathan Collins | August 24, 2015

Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.

St. Martin's Press, 2015, 385 pages.

How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?

By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015

A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?


How Loved Children Become Giving Adults

By Josh Elmore | August 20, 2015

A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.


How to Get Your Kid to Talk about What Happened at School

By Christine Carter | August 19, 2015

Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.


Why New Paternity Leave Policies Aren’t Enough

By Scott Behson | August 18, 2015

Is this the Golden Age of Paternity Leave? Not so fast. Here are tips for employees and managers to change their workplace cultures.


Is Becoming a Parent Really Worse than Losing Your Spouse?

By Jill Suttie | August 17, 2015

Media coverage of a new study suggests that parenting makes you really unhappy. But is that true?


What is the Relationship Between Stress and Empathy?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 13, 2015

A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?


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