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Summaries of new research on gratitude, "mental time travel," and happiness in the East vs. the West.
A task force finds evidence of unconscious racial bias among law enforcement--and makes recommendations to curb it.
Elizabeth Cohen has found that mindfulness can not only help reduce anger and aggression inside prison walls. It can give inmates skills they need for life after release.
A new study reveals the hidden costs of cosmetic surgery.
By putting neuroscience into action, we can help our children experience—and remember—more good times than bad.
Marc Bekoff explains that if we want to understand the roots of human goodness, we've got to look beyond humans.
How mindfulness is helping veterans adjust to life on the home front.
This month on Greater Good, experts explain the benefits of mindfulness--and how you can cultivate it.
This video from the Rachael Ray Show features Raising Happiness techniques for increasing gratitude, joy, and emotional intelligence in your household--while reducing sibling conflict and back-talk.
Patricia Jennings explains how new programs are bringing the benefits of mindfulness to the classroom.
J.D. Trout explains that to fight poverty, empathy isn't enough.
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.
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University of California, Berkeley
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Friday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute will equip educators with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and teachers. Registration is now closed.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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