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W.W. Norton, 290 pages

Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

By Jill Suttie | October 3, 2012

In his new book Dreamland, David K. Randall reveals the scientific and personal importance of sleep—and provides some tips to get more of it.

 

Just One Thing: Wake Up to the Good News

By Rick Hanson | October 2, 2012

Our brains have evolved to see threats. What does it take to become aware of the good things in life?

 

How to Get Your Household to Run Itself

By Christine Carter | October 1, 2012

An old standby that really works

 

Gratitude Journal: The “Cake” of Life

By Janine Kovac | September 28, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Getting in Good Habits, part 2

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 27, 2012
 

Podcast: Getting in Good Habits, part 2

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 27, 2012

Part 2: Establishing new routines

 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012, 231 pages

Is Character the Key to Success?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 26, 2012

An interview with Paul Tough reveals that there's more to academic success than just, well...academics.

 

Why Inequality Is Bad for the One Percent

By Jason Marsh | September 25, 2012

What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.

 
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux,  256 pages

Markets and Moral Limits

By Ann Shulman | September 24, 2012

A new book argues that markets have a place—but it's not in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, or families.

 
A grown-up playdate!

Fostering Fall Friendships

By Christine Carter | September 23, 2012

September Raising Happiness Newsletter & blog recap

 

The Cooperative Instinct

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 21, 2012

A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.

 

Robert Emmons Argues that Gratitude is “Queen of the Virtues”

By Jason Marsh | September 21, 2012

In a new essay for Big Questions Online, he says we overlook gratitude's greatest benefits when we just focus on happiness.

 
Tie-dye Day at Camp Hobe

Gratitude Journal: When Kids Can Be Kids

By Janine Kovac | September 21, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Getting in Good Habits, part 1

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 20, 2012
 

Podcast: Getting in Good Habits, part 1

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 20, 2012

Want to meditate? Exercise? Floss?

 
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton is coeditor of the Greater Good anthology Are We Born Racist?: New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology

Racism: Bad for Everyone’s Health

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | September 19, 2012

New studies reveal how racism hurts health. But they also show how having the right attitude can mitigate bad effects.

 

Four Ways Teachers Can Show They Care

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 18, 2012

Research suggests caring relationships with teachers help students do better in school and act more kindly toward others.

 

Happiness is…the Weekend?

By Christine Carter | September 17, 2012

How to make weekends joyful

 

Gratitude Journal: Summer Visits and Vacations

By Janine Kovac | September 14, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

 

Podcast: A Free Tool for Calmer Parenting

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 13, 2012

Mindfulness as the antidote to busyness and frantic parenting.

 

A Free Tool for Calmer Parenting

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 13, 2012
 

Compassionate Leaders are Effective Leaders

By Chade-Meng Tan | September 11, 2012

Great companies have compassionate leaders, says Google's "Jolly Good Fellow."

 

How Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 11, 2012

Tips for keeping cool and being kind to yourself, even in the midst of a stressful situation.

 

Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day

By Christine Carter | September 10, 2012

How to teach kids loving-kindness meditation

 

Three Insights from the Cutting Edge of Compassion Research

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 7, 2012

A recent gathering of compassion researchers reveals new discoveries about how and why humans help each other.

 

The Art of Saying No

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 6, 2012
 

Podcast: The Art of Saying No

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | September 6, 2012

For parents who do too much.

 
From top: Examples of the fake smile, genuine smile, and neutral expression participants had to imitate in the study (with help from chopsticks).

Smile! It’s Good for Your Heart

By Stacey Kennelly | September 5, 2012

A new study suggests smiles—the more genuine, the better—help you bounce back from stress.

 

Turning the Morning Blitz into School-Day Bliss

By Christine Carter | September 3, 2012

Five steps for peace before school

 
Paul Piff, a post-doctoral scholar in psychology at UC Berkeley.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Affluent Get Lonely

By Yasmin Anwar | August 31, 2012

A new study says affluent people are less likely to reach out to others in times of chaos.

 

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