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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.


Past Stories

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.

Oxford University Press, 2015, 217 pages

Is Morality Based on Emotions or Reason?

By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2015

A new book takes aim at those who claim moral impulses are rooted in emotional ones.


Can Wishful Thinking Heal Your Brain?

By Diana Divecha | June 2, 2015

A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.


How to Change a Company from the Inside Out

By Jill Suttie | May 15, 2015

A new book explains how to move your organization in a more socially or environmentally responsible direction.

Picador, 2015, 240 pages

The Place of Care in the Economy

By Jill Suttie | May 4, 2015

A new book brings economists, scientists, and Buddhists together to explore the spiritual dimensions of the economy.


Why Humans Need Surprise

By Jill Suttie | April 24, 2015

A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.

Yale University Press, 2015, 192 pages

Why Does Altruism Exist?

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2015

A new book argues that it is group needs, not individual intention and virtue, that drives altruism.

Viking, 2015, 261 pages

How Touch Shapes Emotion

By Jill Suttie | March 31, 2015

A new book explores the science of touch, and finds that it is inextricably linked to how we feel and communicate.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 296 pages.

How Meditation Can Change Business

By Jill Suttie | March 17, 2015

A new book argues that mindfulness promises to transform workplaces from the inside out.

Harvard Business Review, 2015, 247 pages

Stopping the Distraction Epidemic

By Jill Suttie | March 13, 2015

A new book explains why we get so distracted at work—and how we can become more focused and productive.

Perigree, 2014, 352 pages

What Makes a Great Workplace?

By Jill Suttie | February 25, 2015

A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.

2015, Ballantine Books, 320 pages

How Christine Carter Got Her Groove Back

By Jill Suttie | February 6, 2015

A new book by long-time Greater Good contributor Christine Carter provides tips for finding balance in your life.

R2014, Current, 219 pages

Can Positive Thinking Really Make Dreams Come True?

By Jill Suttie | December 17, 2014

A new book says we can't ask more of our fantasies than they can give us.

Read Roman Krznaric's essay, Six Habits of Highly Empathic People.

Our Favorite Books of 2014

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 8, 2014

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

Perigee Trade, 2014, 272 pages

Why Empathy Matters

By Jill Suttie | November 21, 2014

A new book argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.


The Teenage Opportunity

By Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014

A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.

Routledge, 2014. 243 pages.

What is a Good Life?

By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014

A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

Joshua Wolf Shenk

The Social Artist

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014

A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.


Can Suffering Lead to Success?

By Jill Suttie | September 3, 2014

A new book explores when trauma triggers growth—and when it doesn't.


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