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.
A new book explores when trauma triggers growth—and when it doesn't.
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
A new book explains the many reasons why teens seem to shut down, even when they especially need parental support.
A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
A new book argues that selflessness, not selfishness, creates more genetic success.
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.
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.
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed last year!
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
There might be a solution to implicit racial bias, argues Rhonda Magee: cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
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