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Can Purpose Keep You Alive?

By Neil Si-Jia Zhang | August 27, 2014

Young people: Do you want to live longer? Try finding a sense of purpose in your life.

 
  

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Eight Keys to End Bullying

By Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014

Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Mothers of Severely Disabled Children?

By Summer Allen | August 25, 2014

A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.

 

How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

By Linda Graham | August 20, 2014

A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

 

What Makes a Happy Parent?

By Emily Nauman | August 19, 2014

Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.

 
Chris Murchison and Monica Worline present at the 2014 GGSC SIE

Exploring the Science of Social-Emotional Learning

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 18, 2014

Our Summer Institute for Educators brought together almost 100 people from all over the world—to study, play, and connect with others who are striving to make a difference in students’ lives.

 
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Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

By Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014

A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.

 

How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

By Daniel Siegel | August 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

 

Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | August 11, 2014

A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

 
Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014

Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?

 

Empathy Quiz

By Juliana Breines | August 5, 2014
 

Why Won’t Your Teen Talk To You?

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2014

A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.

 
Rhonda Magee speaks at the GGSC's  “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013.

Mindful Lawyering

By Sara Tollefson | July 28, 2014

Law professor Rhonda Magee explains how mindfulness can benefit lawyers, their clients—and, perhaps, society at large.

 

Why Teens Seek Novelty and Danger

By Daniel Siegel | July 25, 2014
 

Why Teens Turn from Parents to Peers

By Daniel Siegel | July 23, 2014
 

The Purpose of the Teenage Brain

By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 22, 2014
 

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.

 
We're pleased to bring you another installment of Rick Hanson's Just One Thing (JOT) newsletter, which each week offers a simple practice designed to bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.

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.

 

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