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According to Sonja Lyubomirsky's new book, what should make you happy sometimes doesn't—and what shouldn't make you happy often does!
Sleep affects everything, from our moods to our smarts to our body weight
Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.
How big is your circle of concern?
Take this quiz now to find out.
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?
Three gratitude practices to make habits in the New Year
Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed in 2012!
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!
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.
Research suggests that spirituality may be a natural developmental process—so what does this mean for secular schools?
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.
I'm always a little surprised by the posts that rise to the top!
What are you grateful for?
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Tips for making resolutions that we can keep
Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.
Knowing when to hold your ground.
Greater Good's editors pick ten of the most thought-provoking, important, useful, or moving nonfiction books we read this year.
This year, skip the New Year’s diet and do something fun.
Madeline Levine's new book tries to help parents resist entering their kids in the rat race.
It's easy to overindulge during the holiday season. Here's how to enjoy your food—without going too far!
Our guide to yelling less during the holidays.
Wait! Here are some research-based ways teachers and principals can rejuvenate their passion for their jobs over the holidays.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
Greater Good Events
February 23, 2017
Gratitude expert Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., will present a webinar for educators on incorporating gratitude into their schools and classrooms.
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Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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