Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
A new book argues that education must be based on how our brains really function—not how we wish they would.
A scientific expert on adolescence answers our burning questions.
Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.
A recent study validates a simple task that might preserve marital satisfaction over the long haul.
A tip for Valentine's Day
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.
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.
An easy way to feel more in love.
Here are the places where romantic love abides in our bodies—and the role each one plays in sustaining love over time.
Tips for a peaceful and easy morning routine
New research says thankfulness, not romance, might be key to a happy Valentine's Day.
I asked for your stories of love in education. Here are some of the moving responses.
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.
Are you content to postpone happiness to promote achievement?
What are you grateful for?
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.
Sexual dysfunction among women is more pervasive than many realize. But research is revealing that non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness can help.
Research tells us that kindness may be the antidote to “popularity-through-meanness.”
What are you grateful for?
They've been called ungrateful, narcissistic, and entitled. But new research reveals the hopes, ideals, and positive qualities of today's young adults.
New research says parental help for young adults is normal—and it may now be necessary.
They may get a bad rap, but research suggests that the needs of Gen Y teachers could help us create thriving schools.
Double down for one more week and reap the benefits.
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
Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
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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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