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A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.
A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.
A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.
A new book reveals the complex ways that our brains and bodies interact.
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A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.
The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.
A new book argues that overscheduling and overtesting our kids isn't helping them learn better—and is hurting their health and happiness.
Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.
A new book helps us to truly savor our treats without going overboard.
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
A new book applies the principles of modern design to creating a mindful, healthy, and purposeful life.
Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.
Brené Brown's new book provides readers with a pathway out of shame and toward more self-compassion.
A new book argues that talk therapy helps heal psychological wounds by making use of hardwired human needs for connection, understanding, and belonging.
A new book describes what we lose when we text instead of talk—and how we can re-learn the art of conversation.
A new book argues that positive stories can have a bigger and better impact than negative ones.
A new book explains the science of implicit bias.
A new book takes the reader through a year of looking on the bright side.
A new book explores why we forgive and how forgiveness can help us.
Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?
Funnyman Asiz Ansari has written a serious, thoughtful book about online dating, and it's pretty good.
Everyone has strengths. A new book explains how to find yours.
A new book aimed at teens tries to introduce them to mindfulness and help apply it to their lives.
A new book explains why we sometimes seem to act against our own best interest—and what we can do to change course.
A new book takes aim at those who claim moral impulses are rooted in emotional ones.
Anger has a place at work, Geddes and Lindebaum argue, as long as it meets three conditions.
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.
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