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Who Experiences the Most Awe?

By Alex Springer | May 24, 2017

The results from our Greater Good awe quiz reveal which people feel the most wonder and amazement in life.

 
  

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How Gratitude Motivates Us to Become Better People

By Christina N. Armenta, Sonja Lyubomirsky | May 23, 2017

Some critics charge that gratitude is selfish and breeds complacency. But research by Christina Armenta and Sonja Lyubomirsky suggests otherwise.

 

How to Avoid Regret in Your Social Life

By Sara E. Andrews | May 22, 2017

New research suggests that trying to maximize the benefits from your friendships may actually be bad for your well-being.

 

How to Tackle Your Cravings with Mindfulness

By Deborah Yip | May 18, 2017

Our bad habits and addictive behaviors—like smoking, overeating, or constantly using technology—hurt well-being and public health. A new book shows how mindfulness can help.

 

How to Handle a Toxic Relationship

By Christine Carter | May 17, 2017

When a relationship is causing you stress and suffering, follow these five steps to find more peace.

 

Happy Couples Focus on Each Other’s Strengths

By Kira M. Newman | May 16, 2017

According to a new study, your ability to appreciate your partner’s strengths is linked to their well-being—and yours.

 

Three Ways Mindfulness Can Make You Less Biased

By Jill Suttie | May 15, 2017

Cognitive biases may be partly to blame for prejudice, and research suggests that mindfulness can help us correct them.

 

How Resting More Can Boost Your Productivity

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang | May 11, 2017

Here are five ways to incorporate more rest and rejuvenation into your work day.

 

Why “Mom Brain” Is Good for Mothers and Babies

By Elise Proulx | May 10, 2017

According to a new study, pregnant women lose gray matter in their brains—and this process helps them figure out what other people need and feel.

 

Is Humility Good for Your Relationship?

By Jeanette van der Lee | May 9, 2017

A new study suggests that people are more satisfied with their relationships when their partners are more humble.

 

How to Give to Others without Burning Out

By Emma Seppala | May 8, 2017

Research suggests that self-care can reduce stress and exhaustion—if we know how to practice it.

 

How to Stay Empathic without Suffering So Much

By Amy L. Eva | May 4, 2017

Four steps to a healthier, more helpful, and more sustainable form of empathy.

 

What Happens in a Child’s Brain When They Learn to Empathize?

By Summer Allen | May 3, 2017

A new study explores what brain changes happen when children start to think about other people’s thoughts.

 
Students from the Millennium School in San Francisco

How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election

By Michael Fisher | May 2, 2017

The story of a group of sixth graders learning to bridge political divides after the U.S. election.

 

Why You Should Take a Relaxing Lunch Break

By Jill Suttie | May 1, 2017

According to a new study, we concentrate better and feel less stressed when we purposefully detach from work and enjoy a real break.

 

Making SEL the DNA of a School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 27, 2017

School and district leaders share their stories of how they are infusing SEL into everything they do.

 
Want to learn more about burnout? Join us on April 29, 2017, for a day-long workshop on "The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It."

Can Empathy Protect You from Burnout?

By Summer Allen | April 26, 2017

A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.

 

Do Mixed Emotions Make Life More Meaningful?

By Kira M. Newman | April 25, 2017

According to a new study, we don’t have to feel good all the time in order to live a fulfilling life.

 

How to Cultivate Awe with a Walking Meditation

By Dacher Keltner | April 24, 2017

Tap into a deeper sense of purpose and well-being with GGSC director Dacher Keltner, who guides a meditative walk through California's Muir Woods in this 360° virtual reality video.

 

How to Be a Lifelong Learner

By Kira M. Newman | April 20, 2017

The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.

 

When Teens Need Their Friends More Than Their Parents

By Jenn Director Knudsen | April 19, 2017

A new study suggests that teens may cope with stress better when they're around peers, rather than adults.

 

How to Change the Story about Students of Color

By Dena Simmons | April 18, 2017

Dena Simmons explores how educators can inadvertently harm students of color—and what we can do to bring out their best.

 

Confessions of a Bad Meditator

By Christine Carter | April 17, 2017

Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.

 

How to Keep Technology from Disrupting Your Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 13, 2017

Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.

 

How to Stop Passive Aggression from Ruining Your Relationship

By Andrea Brandt | April 12, 2017

Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.

 

How to Better Understand Your Child

By Diana Divecha | April 11, 2017

Pediatrician Claudia Gold wants to help parents and professionals discover the true reasons behind each child’s behavior.

 

What’s the Best Strategy for Empathy?

By Summer Allen | April 10, 2017

According to a new study, we overestimate how well we can read emotions in other people's faces.

 

Four Ways to Make Gossip Less Toxic

By Jenny Cole | April 7, 2017

Gossip can be beneficial, if we do it the right way.

 

Five Tips for Teaching Advisory Classes at Your School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 6, 2017

Advisory programs, which are common in non-traditional schools, could help students improve their relationships and prepare for life outside school.

 

Nine Ways to Help Siblings Get Along Better

By Hank Pellissier | April 5, 2017

Squabbling siblings can have a better relationship if they learn the skills of forgiveness.

 

How to Upgrade Your Gratitude Practice

By Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2017

According to a new study, your gratitude journal could be more powerful if you also express that gratitude to others.

 

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