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Living with a Purpose Changes Everything

By Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016

According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.

 
  

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Scribner, May 2016, 352 pages

Is Grit the Key to Success?

By Jill Suttie | May 6, 2016

A new book extolls the power of passion and perseverance, but is the research strong enough?

 

You Can Be More Productive Without Sacrificing Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 29, 2016

A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.

 
TarcherPerigee, 2016, 320 pages

Are Boundaries Overrated?

By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016

A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.

 

What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016

A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.

 
2016, Berrett-Koehler, 199 pages.

Can We Bring the USA Back Together Again?

By Jill Suttie | March 18, 2016

A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.

 
Crown, 2016, 299 pages

How Do Our Minds Affect Our Health?

By Jill Suttie | March 11, 2016

A new book reveals the complex ways that our brains and bodies interact.

 

Six Ways to Help People Change

By Art Markman | March 7, 2016

If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.

 
2015, Oxford University Press, 312 pages

How Altruistic is Your Brain?

By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2016

A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.

 
HarperOne, 2016, 224 pages

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

By Kira M. Newman | March 1, 2016

The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.

 
Viking, 2016, 400 pages

What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups

By Diana Divecha | February 19, 2016

A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.

 

How Being Present Increases Your Charisma

By Emma Seppala | February 18, 2016

Research shows that paying attention to others is the path to success and respect.

 
Simon & Schuster, 2015, 287 pages

It’s Our Job to Rescue Kids from Burnout

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2016

A new book argues that overscheduling and overtesting our kids isn't helping them learn better—and is hurting their health and happiness.

 
Free Press, 2015, 307 pages

Don’t Let Your Mind Be Your Worst Enemy

By Jill Suttie | January 13, 2016

Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.

 

Against Mindless Eating

By Jill Suttie | January 8, 2016

A new book helps us to truly savor our treats without going overboard.

 
Read our review of Modern Romance.

Our Favorite Books of 2015

By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015

Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.

 
engagedIN Press, 2015, 414 pages

How to Live an Intentional Life

By Jill Suttie | December 11, 2015

A new book applies the principles of modern design to creating a mindful, healthy, and purposeful life.

 
Simon & Schuster, 2015, 400 pages

What Inequality Does to Kids

By Diana Divecha | December 1, 2015

Robert Putnam's recent book issues a wake-up call for what a nation can and should do for its families.

 
Spiegel and Grau, 2015, 336 pages

How to Move Beyond Pain

By Jill Suttie | November 27, 2015

Brené Brown's new book provides readers with a pathway out of shame and toward more self-compassion.

 

Why Does Therapy Work?

By Jill Suttie | November 10, 2015

A new book argues that talk therapy helps heal psychological wounds by making use of hardwired human needs for connection, understanding, and belonging.

 

The Place of Talk in a Digital Age

By Jill Suttie | November 5, 2015

A new book describes what we lose when we text instead of talk—and how we can re-learn the art of conversation.

 
BenBella Books, 2015, 275 pages.

Turning Bad News into Good

By Jill Suttie | October 21, 2015

A new book argues that positive stories can have a bigger and better impact than negative ones.

 
Crown, 2015, 379 pages

How Bias Warps Criminal Justice

By Jill Suttie | September 22, 2015

A new book explains the science of implicit bias.

 
Dutton, 2015, 307 pages

Say Thank You, Change Your Life

By Jill Suttie | September 15, 2015

A new book takes the reader through a year of looking on the bright side.

 

Learning Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

By Jill Suttie | September 2, 2015

A new book explores why we forgive and how forgiveness can help us.

 
Gotham, 2015, 266 pages.

Can We Make Charitable Giving More Effective?

By Jill Suttie | August 27, 2015

Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.

 
St. Martin's Press, 2015, 385 pages.

How Does Spirituality Grow in Children?

By Diana Divecha | August 21, 2015

A new book explores how to raise children with a sense of awe and transcendence. But does the evidence back up its claims?

 
Penguin, 2015, 277 pages

How is Technology Shaping Romance?

By Jill Suttie | August 12, 2015

Funnyman Asiz Ansari has written a serious, thoughtful book about online dating, and it's pretty good.

 
Positive Psychology News, 250 pages, 2015.

What Are Your Strengths?

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2015

Everyone has strengths. A new book explains how to find yours.

 

Making Teens More Mindful

By Jill Suttie | July 6, 2015

A new book aimed at teens tries to introduce them to mindfulness and help apply it to their lives.

 
W. W. Norton & Company, 2015, 400 pages

Can Neuroscience Help Tune Your Brain?

By Jill Suttie | June 26, 2015

A new book explains why we sometimes seem to act against our own best interest—and what we can do to change course.

 

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