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.
A new book explores the frontiers of neuroplasticity, but Diana Divecha says that not all its conclusions are sound.
A new book explains how to move your organization in a more socially or environmentally responsible direction.
A new book brings economists, scientists, and Buddhists together to explore the spiritual dimensions of the economy.
A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.
A new book argues that it is group needs, not individual intention and virtue, that drives altruism.
A new book explores the science of touch, and finds that it is inextricably linked to how we feel and communicate.
A new book argues that mindfulness promises to transform workplaces from the inside out.
A new book explains why we get so distracted at work—and how we can become more focused and productive.
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
A new book by long-time Greater Good contributor Christine Carter provides tips for finding balance in your life.
A new book says we can't ask more of our fantasies than they can give us.
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 argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
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.
A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
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"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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