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Why Humans Need Surprise

By Jill Suttie | April 24, 2015

A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

 
  

Past Stories

The Foundation of Happiness

By Christine Carter | November 21, 2011

My favorite gratitude practices.

 

Here’s How Trusting You Are

By Gregg Sparkman | November 21, 2011

Results from the Greater Good trust quiz.

 

Our Favorite Gratitude Practices

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 20, 2011
 

How to Make Thanksgiving Last

By Alice Hua, Bernie Wong | November 18, 2011

New research documents the benefits of "gratitude letters" and nurturing moms.

 
Gratitude Tree at the Alta Bates NICU in Berkeley

Gratitude Journal: ICU Gratitude Tree

By Janine Kovac | November 18, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Gratitude Quiz

By Gregg Sparkman | November 17, 2011
 

Podcast: Why Gratitude Works

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 17, 2011

Gratitude makes us healthier and happier: here's how.

 

Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

By Jason Marsh | November 17, 2011

Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

 

Why Gratitude Works

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 16, 2011
 
Do you trust this man? This GGSC's Dacher Keltner.

Is that Stranger Trustworthy? You’ll Know in 20 seconds

By Yasmin Anwar | November 15, 2011

New research co-authored by the GGSC's Dacher Keltner suggests we can instinctively detect whether a stranger is inclined to kindness.

 

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Feel Madly in Love

By Christine Carter | November 14, 2011

Love Potion No. 9: Gratitude in Relationships

 

Gratitude Journal: “Jar of Thanks”

By Janine Kovac | November 11, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: Occupy: Should the Kids be Involved?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 10, 2011

What social justice has to do with happiness

 

Occupy: Should the Kids be Involved?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 9, 2011
 

Video: Teaching Gratitude

By Christine Carter | November 9, 2011
 

Just One Thing: Have Compassion For Yourself

By Rick Hanson | November 8, 2011

Responding to another person's suffering is hard; responding to our own suffering can be harder. Rick Hanson explains how to foster self-compassion.

 

Gratitude vs. Materialism

By Christine Carter | November 7, 2011

Holiday happiness is simpler than you might think!

 
A "leaf" on the Tree of Thanks

Gratitude Journal: Tree of Thanks

By Janine Kovac | November 4, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 
Little, Brown and Company, 2011, 432 pages

Urban Evolution

By Jill Suttie | November 4, 2011

A review of David Sloan Wilson's The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City, One Block at a Time.

 

Podcast: Happiness is Contagious

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 3, 2011

Your own happiness makes the world better

 

Happiness is Contagious

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 3, 2011
 

Can Parents Teach Peace?

By Carmen Sobczak | November 2, 2011

A recent study suggests they can, at least some of the time.

 

The Power of the Compassionate Imagination

By Christine Carter | October 31, 2011
 

John Gottman on Trust and Betrayal

By John Gottman | October 29, 2011

The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.

 

Does Music Make Kids Smarter?

By Bernie Wong | October 28, 2011

New research explores whether music boosts intelligence and how we read other people's facial expressions.

 

The Importance of Trust

By John Gottman | October 28, 2011
 

Gratitude Journal: Happy Halloween!

By Janine Kovac | October 28, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Relationship Trust Quiz

By Gregg Sparkman | October 27, 2011
 

One Tip for Kids’ School Success

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 27, 2011
 

Teach Kids to Be Lucky

By Christine Carter | October 26, 2011
 

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  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose

    April 16, 2015

    Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

  • Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?

    April 21, 2015

    A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

  • How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive

    April 14, 2015

    Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.

  

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How Compassion Creates Resilience, with Kelly McGonigal
International House, UC Berkeley campus
May 20, 2015


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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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