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What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara H. Konrath | January 24, 2017

At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.


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Podcast: Making New Year’s Resolutions?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | January 3, 2013

Tips for making resolutions that we can keep


December Raising Happiness Newsletter & Blog Recap

By Christine Carter | December 31, 2012

Seven Inspiring Images from 2012

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 28, 2012

Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.


Podcast: The Art of Setting Limits

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 27, 2012

Knowing when to hold your ground.


Our Ten Favorite Books of 2012

By Jill Suttie, Vicki Zakrzewski, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 26, 2012

Greater Good's editors pick ten of the most thought-provoking, important, useful, or moving nonfiction books we read this year.


3 New Year’s Resolutions that Will Make You Happier

By Christine Carter | December 23, 2012

This year, skip the New Year’s diet and do something fun.

Harper Collins, 2012, 323 pages

Parenting for Authentic Success?

By Jill Suttie | December 21, 2012

Madeline Levine's new book tries to help parents resist entering their kids in the rat race.


Four Tips for Mindful Eating Over the Holidays

By Jill Suttie | December 21, 2012

It's easy to overindulge during the holiday season. Here's how to enjoy your food—without going too far!


Is Yelling the New Spanking?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 20, 2012

Podcast: Is Yelling the New Spanking?

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 20, 2012

Our guide to yelling less during the holidays.


Take This Job and….

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 20, 2012

Wait! Here are some research-based ways teachers and principals can rejuvenate their passion for their jobs over the holidays.


A “Thnx” a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 19, 2012

Research predicts gratitude will make people happier and healthier. But we didn't expect our new online gratitude journal,, to have such a positive impact on participants.


Four Reminders of Human Strength and Goodness after Sandy Hook

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 17, 2012

Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.


Resources for Helping Children Cope with Trauma

By Jason Marsh | December 17, 2012

Managing Stress

By Christine Carter | December 17, 2012

Why your stress matters--and how to manage it


Managing Stress

By Christine Carter | December 17, 2012

Podcast: Managing Routines, Sleep, and Sugar Intake so Kids Can Thrive

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 13, 2012

Providing more structure over the holidays


Managing routines, sleep, and sugar intake so kids can thrive

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 13, 2012

What Does “Good” Feel Like to You?

By Juliana Breines | December 12, 2012

Do you prefer to be relaxed or enthusiastic, peaceful or elated? Your preferred emotional states may seem individual, but research suggests they are largely shaped by culture.


December Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 12, 2012

Want round-ups of recent Greater Good Education posts delivered to your email Inbox? Sign up for our education newsletter!


Are We Wired to Want Stuff?

By Christine Carter | December 10, 2012

Neuroscience can explain why your kids have the holiday gimmees.


Gratitude Journal: Grateful for Sisters

By Janine Kovac | December 7, 2012

What are you grateful for this holiday season?

Jossey-Bass, 2012; 192 pages

Can Educators Cultivate Ecological Intelligence?

By Jill Suttie | December 5, 2012

A new book, co-written by Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman, argues that schools are the best places to cultivate an understanding of our relationship to the natural world.


Three Ways to Help Students Give Meaningful Gifts

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 4, 2012

Research has identified what makes some gifts more meaningful than others. Here's how teachers can help their students get beyond elbow macaroni and glue.


Tuesday Tip: Feel Madly in Love

By Christine Carter | December 4, 2012

One thing you can do today to be happier.


Our Children, Our Strangers

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 3, 2012

A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.


Surviving the Holidays

By Christine Carter | December 3, 2012

Surviving the Holidays

By Christine Carter | December 2, 2012

Because it isn't always all fun & games

Gratitude Wall at Sonoma Charter School--made from recycled items by school parents Kate & Bob Molesworth and chalkboard paint donated by the local paint store

Gratitude Journal: “Wall of Gratitude”

By Janine Kovac | November 30, 2012

What are you grateful for? Share it here!


Podcast: Raising Forgiving Kids

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | November 29, 2012

How to teach kids the skills they need to be forgiving


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