Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.
A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.
A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.
A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
Museums are a safe place to explore other points of view, cultures, and histories.
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.
A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.
The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.
Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.
Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.
In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.
Ellen Rand shares the lessons she’s learned about preparing for the death of a loved one.
According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.
Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.
A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.
Anger can make us feel out of control. Bernard Golden shares three tips for taming our temper.
Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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