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Viking, 2015, 261 pages

How Touch Shapes Emotion

By Jill Suttie | March 31, 2015

A new book explores the science of touch, and finds that it is inextricably linked to how we feel and communicate.

 
  

Past Stories

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
 
a behind-the-scenes peek...

Video: Teach Kids to Be Lucky

By Christine Carter | October 26, 2011

Who doesn't want their kids to feel "lucky"?

 

How to Get Doctors to Give a Hand

By Melissa Janson | October 26, 2011

Study suggests appealing to altruism increases hand washing in hospitals.

 

Here’s How Mindful You Are

By Jason Marsh | October 25, 2011

Results from the Greater Good mindfulness quiz.

 

When Dwelling on a Mistake is a Good Idea

By Christine Carter | October 24, 2011

We learn how to get it right by getting it wrong.

 

How to Build Trust

By John Gottman | October 23, 2011
 

Trust and Inequality

By John Gottman | October 22, 2011
 

Gratitude Journal: Remembering Summer

By Janine Kovac | October 21, 2011

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: Was That Me Yelling?!?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 20, 2011

Curbing your inner yeller

 

Was That Me Yelling?!?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | October 20, 2011
 

Steven Pinker’s War and Peace, Abridged

By Steven Pinker | October 20, 2011

If you're curious about Steven Pinker's massive new book, check out this Greater Good essay for a distilled version.

 
Viking, 2011, 848 pages

Steven Pinker’s History of (Non)Violence

By Jason Marsh | October 19, 2011

The psychologist's latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is essential reading for any reader of Greater Good.

 

Living Life Fully, Part 2

By Christine Carter | October 17, 2011

Life 3.0: Personal transformation vs. perfectionism.

 

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