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How Teachers Can Help Immigrant Kids Feel Safe

By Amy L. Eva | March 27, 2017

Many children feel threatened by anti-immigrant rhetoric. Here's how educators can inform and support their students.


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Debunking the Myths of Happiness

By Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.

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Don’t Blame the Brain

By Jill Suttie | February 19, 2013

A new book argues that education must be based on how our brains really function—not how we wish they would.


Three Surprising Truths about Teens

By Christine Carter | February 18, 2013

A scientific expert on adolescence answers our burning questions.


This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak

By Meghan Laslocky | February 15, 2013

Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.


How to Have a Happy Marriage in 21 Minutes

By Bernie Wong | February 14, 2013

A recent study validates a simple task that might preserve marital satisfaction over the long haul.


Gratitude for Lovers

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 14, 2013

Podcast: Gratitude for Lovers

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 14, 2013

A tip for Valentine's Day


Five Ways to Renew an Old Love

By Barbara Fredrickson | February 12, 2013

Love is fleeting, says one of the world's leading experts on positive emotion. But with practice, you can foster love anytime you wish—and in doing so, renew old bonds.


Four Ways to Make the Most of Gratitude on Valentine’s Day

By Amie M. Gordon | February 12, 2013

Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.


Relationship Tip: Say—or Just Think—Thanks

By Christine Carter | February 11, 2013

An easy way to feel more in love.


How Love Grows in Your Body

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 7, 2013

Here are the places where romantic love abides in our bodies—and the role each one plays in sustaining love over time.


How Hectic Are Your Mornings?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 7, 2013

Podcast: How Hectic Are Your Mornings?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 7, 2013

Tips for a peaceful and easy morning routine


Gratitude is for Lovers

By Amie M. Gordon | February 5, 2013

New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.


Love in the Classroom, Beyond Candy Hearts and Raging Hormones

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 5, 2013

I asked for your stories of love in education. Here are some of the moving responses.

Hudson Street Press, 256 pages

The Love Upgrade

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2013

In her new book, psychologist Barbara Fredrickson argues that we need a new definition of love, one that realistically accounts for the ways we experience the emotion in our bodies and minds.


Does Happiness Undermine Success?

By Christine Carter | February 4, 2013

Are you content to postpone happiness to promote achievement?


We’re revamping the Gratitude Journal!

By Janine Kovac | February 4, 2013

What are you grateful for?


Just One Thing: Trust in Love

By Rick Hanson | January 31, 2013

Love is a lot like the air, says Rick Hanson. It may be hard to see—but it’s in you and all around you.


How Hectic Are Your Mornings?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | January 31, 2013

Can Mindfulness Treat Sexual Dysfunction?

By Jill Suttie | January 30, 2013

Sexual dysfunction among women is more pervasive than many realize. But research is revealing that non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness can help.


Fixing the Mean Girl Syndrome

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 29, 2013

Research tells us that kindness may be the antidote to “popularity-through-meanness.”


Gratitude Journal: Thankful for Family

By Janine Kovac | January 25, 2013

What are you grateful for?

Cross-generational solidarity in Occupy Detroit, 2011.

What’s Good about Generation Y?

By Karen Foster | January 24, 2013

They've been called ungrateful, narcissistic, and entitled. But new research reveals the hopes, ideals, and positive qualities of today's young adults.


What Gen Y Needs from Parents (and Why You Should Give It to Them)

By Diana Divecha | January 22, 2013

New research says parental help for young adults is normal—and it may now be necessary.


Can Gen Y Fix Our Schools?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2013

They may get a bad rap, but research suggests that the needs of Gen Y teachers could help us create thriving schools.


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.


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