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Templeton Press, 2014, 264 pages

How to Make Grateful Kids

By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2014

A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.

 
  

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The Experiment,  2014, 243 pages

Does Nature Select for Nice?

By Joseph Ferrell | March 26, 2014

A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.

 

How Your Teen Can Thrive Online

By Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014

Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.

 
Knopf, 2014, 242 pages

When Empathy Fails

By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014

Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.

 
Ecco, 2014, 308 pages

When is Parenting All Joy and No Fun?

By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2014

A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.

 
Tarcher, 2014, 336 pages

A Journey into the Teenage Brain

By Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014

Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.

 

Six Books We Overlooked in 2013

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2014

Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed last year!

 
Basic Books, 2013, 268 pages

What if You Can Judge a Book by its Cover?

By Jill Suttie | December 27, 2013

A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.

 
To learn more, read this Q&A with Daniel Goleman about Focus in Greater Good!

Our Favorite Books of 2013

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013

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

 
Crown, 2013, 288 pages

The Moralist in the Crib

By Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013

Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.

 
Crown, 2013, 374 pages

Why Are We So Wired to Connect?

By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2013

A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.

 
Basic Books, 2013, 397 pages.

Who is Gifted?

By Jill Suttie | October 22, 2013

A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.

 
Harper, 2013, 320 pages

Are We Losing Our Focus?

By Jill Suttie | October 9, 2013

In a new book, Daniel Goleman argues that focus leads to greater happiness, better relationships, and increased productivity.

 
Beacon Press, 2013, 224 pages

Should Your Doctor Care About You?

By Jill Suttie | October 4, 2013

A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.

 
Current (the Penguin Group), 2013, 225 pages

Where Do Heroes Come From?

By Jill Suttie | August 28, 2013

Why do some of us make sacrifices for others? A new book explores the science of selflessness.

 
SharpBrains, Inc, 2013, 284 pages

How to Keep Your Brain Sharp

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2013

A new book explores how to optimize brain health through all the stages of life.

 

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