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What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Negative Emotions

By Kira M. Newman | January 13, 2017

According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.

 
  

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Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World

By Elif M. Gokcigdem | January 9, 2017

Museums are a safe place to explore other points of view, cultures, and histories.

 

How to Reduce Rudeness in the Workplace

By Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017

According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.

 

Six Books We Overlooked in 2016

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 4, 2017

Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.

 

Are You a Conformist or a Rebel?

By Kira M. Newman | December 23, 2016

According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.

 

Is the Search for Happiness Making Us Anxious?

By Jill Suttie | December 16, 2016

A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.

 

The Dark Side of Believing in Natural Talent

By Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool | December 12, 2016

The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.

 

Would the World Be Better Off without Empathy?

By Jill Suttie | December 8, 2016

Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.

 

Our Favorite Books of 2016

By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016

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

 

Why Is It So Hard to Make Positive Changes?

By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2016

A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.

 

How to Journal Through Your Struggles

By Kira M. Newman | November 17, 2016

Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.

 

How to Help Diverse Students Find Common Ground

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | November 14, 2016

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.

 

How to Stop the Culture of Complaining in Schools

By Owen Griffith | November 4, 2016

Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.

 
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (New Press, 2016, 288 pages)

Scaling the Empathy Wall

By Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016

In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.

 

Six Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

By Ellen Rand | October 17, 2016

Ellen Rand shares the lessons she’s learned about preparing for the death of a loved one.

 

Is Pride Really a Sin?

By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.

 

How to Awaken Joy in Kids

By James Baraz, Michele Lilyanna | October 10, 2016

These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.

 

How to Help Children Unleash Their Potential

By Diana Divecha | October 7, 2016

Three new books illustrate what children really need from parents and educators.

 

How Can We Liberate Parents from Guilt?

By Diana Divecha | September 30, 2016

Two new books take aim at movements that pressure and shame parents for how they raise their kids.

 

How to Bring Humor to Meditation

By Kira M. Newman | August 25, 2016

A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.

 

Five Ways to Help Misbehaving Kids

By Stuart Shanker | August 22, 2016

Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.

 

How Self-Compassion Can Help You Through a Breakup

By Wendy Paris | August 16, 2016

Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.

 

The Loneliness of the Modern Nomad

By Kira M. Newman | August 5, 2016

A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.

 

How to Overcome Destructive Anger

By Bernard Golden | August 2, 2016

Anger can make us feel out of control. Bernard Golden shares three tips for taming our temper.

 

Convincing Skeptics to Try Meditation

By Jill Suttie | July 28, 2016

Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.

 

Can You Incentivize Generosity?

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016

According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.

 

Cultivating Self-Awareness in Parents

By Diana Divecha | June 17, 2016

A new book argues that parents need to focus more on themselves and less on their children.

 

Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in Kids

By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2016

In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.

 

How to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

By Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016

According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.

 

Living with a Purpose Changes Everything

By Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016

According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.

 
Scribner, May 2016, 352 pages

Is Grit the Key to Success?

By Jill Suttie | May 6, 2016

A new book extolls the power of passion and perseverance, but is the research strong enough?

 

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