A review of 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life and The Happiness Project
Summaries of new research on altruism among kids, "defensive pessimism," and the soothing effects of your partner's photo.
The science of happy marriages suggests (surprise!) many dads would probably choose sex over a material gift this Father's Day.
Nancy Bardacke shares how she has helped thousands of parents (and parents-to-be) reduce stress, boost positive emotions, and manage "the contractions of life."
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.
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
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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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