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By Summer Allen | February 17, 2017

A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.


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Don’t Quit Your Resolutions Now!

By Christine Carter | January 21, 2013

Double down for one more week and reap the benefits.

Penguin Press, 289 pages

Is Everything You Know about Happiness Wrong?

By Jill Suttie | January 18, 2013

According to Sonja Lyubomirsky's new book, what should make you happy sometimes doesn't—and what shouldn't make you happy often does!


Podcast: Making Sleep a Priority

By Christine Carter | January 17, 2013

Sleep affects everything, from our moods to our smarts to our body weight


How to Increase Your Compassion Bandwidth

By C. Daryl Cameron | January 16, 2013

Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.


Connection to Humanity Quiz

By Lauren Klein | January 15, 2013

How big is your circle of concern?

Take this quiz now to find out.


January Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 15, 2013

Is It Possible to Love All Humanity?

By Juliana Breines | January 14, 2013

Qualities like gender, ethnicity, and nationality tend to define us more than being human. What happens when we try to identify with all of humanity?


Gratitude 365

By Christine Carter | January 14, 2013

Gratitude 365

By Christine Carter | January 14, 2013

Three gratitude practices to make habits in the New Year


Six Books We Overlooked in 2012

By Jill Suttie | January 11, 2013

Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed in 2012!

Fog on the Road

Gratitude Journal: Family Road Trips

By Janine Kovac | January 11, 2013

What are you grateful for?

The GGSC's coverage of gratitude is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation as part of our Expanding Gratitude project.

How Grateful are Americans?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 10, 2013

A new poll finds that Americans think their own gratitude is increasing, while everyone else’s is going down. The good news? This is impossible!


Just One Thing: See Progress

By Rick Hanson | January 9, 2013

As we look back on the past year, we'll be able to see things that have gotten worse. But Rick Hanson asks us to also recognize what's gotten better.


The Case for Discussing Spirituality in Schools

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 8, 2013

Research suggests that spirituality may be a natural developmental process—so what does this mean for secular schools?


Our 10 Most Popular Articles in 2012—and 15 More You Might Like!

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2013

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.


The 10 Most Popular Raising Happiness Posts in 2012

By Christine Carter | January 7, 2013

I'm always a little surprised by the posts that rise to the top!


Gratitude Journal: Ringing in the New Year!

By Janine Kovac | January 4, 2013

What are you grateful for?


The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012

By Jason Marsh, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 3, 2013

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.


Podcast: Making New Year’s Resolutions?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | January 3, 2013

Tips for making resolutions that we can keep


December Raising Happiness Newsletter & Blog Recap

By Christine Carter | December 31, 2012

Seven Inspiring Images from 2012

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 28, 2012

Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.


Podcast: The Art of Setting Limits

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 27, 2012

Knowing when to hold your ground.


Our Ten Favorite Books of 2012

By Jill Suttie, Vicki Zakrzewski, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 26, 2012

Greater Good's editors pick ten of the most thought-provoking, important, useful, or moving nonfiction books we read this year.


3 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Make You Happier

By Christine Carter | December 23, 2012

This year, skip the New Year’s diet and do something fun.

Harper Collins, 2012, 323 pages

Parenting for Authentic Success?

By Jill Suttie | December 21, 2012

Madeline Levine's new book tries to help parents resist entering their kids in the rat race.


Four Tips for Mindful Eating Over the Holidays

By Jill Suttie | December 21, 2012

It's easy to overindulge during the holiday season. Here's how to enjoy your food—without going too far!


Is Yelling the New Spanking?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 20, 2012

Podcast: Is Yelling the New Spanking?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 20, 2012

Our guide to yelling less during the holidays.


Take This Job and….

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 20, 2012

Wait! Here are some research-based ways teachers and principals can rejuvenate their passion for their jobs over the holidays.


A “Thnx” a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 19, 2012

Research predicts gratitude will make people happier and healthier. But we didn't expect our new online gratitude journal,, to have such a positive impact on participants.


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