The "Up" documentaries have followed 14 people from ages seven to 56—and in the process illustrated recent discoveries about the science of a meaningful life.
Pop Culture Review
The latest viral video sensation is more than a portrait of a cute and creative kid. It's a guide to how we can nurture kids' imagination.
The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.
The new documentary Bully tells the stories of five bullied kids—and says what we can do to help them.
Psychologist Ryan Niemiec looks at how this year's Oscar nominees illustrate human strengths and virtues.
Jeremy Adam Smith shares the 10 films that inspire and elevate him. What are yours?
How do TV therapy sessions measure up to real life?
How do people respond to disasters? Hollywood and science disagree.
Supernanny sends a tough message to parents, but does it really help?
Does The Secret offer winning advice … or snake oil? Maybe a bit of both.
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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