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Just One Thing: Pay Attention!

By Rick Hanson | October 5, 2015

Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.


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Podcast: Is Your Spouse Right for You?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | March 1, 2012

Four Ways to Find Out


Here’s How Grateful You Are

By Gregg Sparkman | February 29, 2012

The results are in from the Greater Good gratitude quiz. Seems like you've been keeping a gratitude journal, haven't you?


Affluent People More Likely to be Scofflaws

By Yasmin Anwar | February 28, 2012

Seven separate studies by GGSC-affiliated researchers find that upper-class people are more likely to break laws and social customs.


On the Blog in February: Expectations

By Christine Carter | February 27, 2012
A U.S. and a British soldier in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Nov. 16, 2010, during the Afghan holiday Eid-al-Qorbon, a celebration of forgiveness, friendship and peace.

Apology and the Crisis in Afghanistan

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 27, 2012

When Americans burned copies of the Koran last week, they triggered a violent conflict. Have American apologies helped or hurt?


Positive Psychology Oscars of 2011

By Ryan Niemiec | February 24, 2012

Psychologist Ryan Niemiec looks at how this year's Oscar nominees illustrate human strengths and virtues.


Gratitude Journal: New Family Additions

By Janine Kovac | February 24, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.


Is It Best to Be Greedy in Tough Economic Times?

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | February 23, 2012

New research suggests that evolution selects for altruism, not greed.


Podcast: Feeling Unhappy in Your Marriage?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 23, 2012

Maybe your expectations are too high.


Feeling Unhappy in Your Marriage?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 23, 2012

Just One Thing: Make the Offering

By Rick Hanson | February 22, 2012

The world doesn't always want our gifts. Give anyway, says Rick Hanson.

A flag flies at half-staff outside the funeral home where a private viewing for Whitney Houston was held Friday in Newark.

Flag Tribute to Whitney Houston: Too Little, Too Late?

By Jason Marsh | February 21, 2012

In the controversy around an honor for Whitney Houston, Jason Marsh finds lessons about the nature of heroism and compassion.

New Harbinger, 2012, 268 pages

New World, New Mind

By Jill Suttie | February 21, 2012

Two new books explore the appeal of mindfulness to North Americans.


Am I Really Going to Have to Ask You Again?

By Christine Carter | February 20, 2012

Nagging is a particular form of unhappiness—for everyone involved.


Gratitude Journal: Double Blessings

By Janine Kovac | February 17, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.


Podcast: The Power of Romance

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 16, 2012

Why a little lovin' makes mom happy

Delacorte Press, 2011, 176

A Guide to Your Child’s Brain

By Diana Divecha | February 15, 2012

A review of Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson's The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind.


The Beloved Movement

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 14, 2012

A new movement of wedding photographers applies psychological insights to foster healthy relationships.


Is Your Spouse Enough for You?

By Christine Carter | February 13, 2012

Four things you can to do to find out


Greater Good Sex Tips for Guys

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 12, 2012

Jeremy Adam Smith offers three science-based sex tips for the emotionally intelligent gentleman.


Fred Luskin on Overcoming the Pain of Intimacy

By Fred Luskin | February 11, 2012

The director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects explores how to cope with the pain of a fight with someone we love.


Gratitude Journal: Our Loved Ones

By Janine Kovac | February 10, 2012

Contribute to our community gratitude journal.

New Harbinger, 2011, 181 pages

Can Romance Heal Childhood Traumas?

By Jill Suttie | February 10, 2012

A review of Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship


Compassionate Love Quiz

By Gregg Sparkman | February 9, 2012

Podcast: How to Respond to Kids’ Tantrums

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 9, 2012

Kids get frustrated, too!


How to Respond to Kids’ Tantrums

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 9, 2012

How to Find the Good in People We Love

By Fred Luskin | February 8, 2012

Christine Carter: How to Stay Calm During a Fight

By Christine Carter | February 7, 2012

Baby Love

By Melissa Janson | February 7, 2012

New research suggests the care we receive as infants affects the quality of our relationships as adults.


Hate Your Husband? (or Your Wife?)

By Christine Carter | February 6, 2012

You probably expect too much.


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