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The Subversive Power of the Kiss

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 11, 2016

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.

 
  

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Could Stress Be Causing Your Relationship Problems?

By Kira M. Newman | February 10, 2016

Research reveals how stress can get between you and your partner, and how to stay connected amid the chaos.

 

How to Cultivate Humble Leadership

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 9, 2016

One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.

 

Why Working Longer Won’t Make You More Productive

By Christine Carter | February 3, 2016

Christine Carter calls for a new conception of the “ideal worker"—one that doesn't involve working long hours.

 

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016

Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.

 

Five Ways to Put Self-Compassion into Therapy

By Tim Desmond | January 27, 2016

Tim Desmond offers practical strategies from his new book on integrating the science of self-compassion into clinical treatment.

 

What Happens to Kids When Parents Fight

By Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016

Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.

 

Can We Be Mindful at Work Without Meditating?

By Leah Weiss | January 21, 2016

Leah Weiss explains how to bring more awareness, compassion, and purpose to work without a meditation cushion.

 

Ten Habits of Highly Creative People

By Scott Barry Kaufman, Carolyn Gregoire | January 20, 2016

Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire explore how to develop creativity as a habit and a style of engaging with the world.

 

What Leaders Must Do to Battle Bigotry

By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Jason Marsh | January 18, 2016

Prejudice lies deep in the brain, but leaders can create the conditions to help us overcome it.

 

How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 12, 2016

It's so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego.

 

Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | January 11, 2016

Many students go through high school bored and unengaged. Patrick Cook-Deegan explains what a purpose-driven curriculum would look like.

 

Just One Thing: See Behind the Mask

By Rick Hanson | January 7, 2016

Do you have the courage to look behind the eyes of another person?

 
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What Barbara Ehrenreich Gets Wrong about Gratitude

By Jason Marsh | January 5, 2016

In a New York Times essay, the bestselling author criticizes the “selfish side” of thankfulness. But does she misread the research?

 

To Change Yourself, Change Your World

By Kira M. Newman | December 31, 2015

If you want to keep a New Year's resolution, says the research, start by changing your environment.

 

How Fear Hurts Us

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015

In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

The Best Greater Good Articles of 2015

By Greater Good Editors | December 28, 2015

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and our editors pick the best of the rest.

 

How Our Brains Make Us Generous

By Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015

A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.

 

Does Happiness Really Help You Live Longer?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 18, 2015

A new study contradicts prior research by suggesting that a happy life isn’t necessarily a longer one. But a closer look reveals that there's more to the story.

 

May Mindfulness Be With You

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 14, 2015

Jeremy Adam Smith finds common ground with his son in the philosophy of Star Wars.

 

Nine Tips to Make Your Giving Feel Good

By Jenny Santi | December 9, 2015

Jenny Santi explains how to minimize the bad and maximize the good of donating your time and money.

 

The New Science of Singing Together

By Jacques Launay, Eiluned Pearce | December 4, 2015

Studies find that singing in a choir helps forge social bonds—and it might even make you healthier.

 

Mindfulness at Work is Not Mind Control

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 2, 2015

A chorus of criticism has grown alongside mindfulness at work programs. But do they throw the mindful baby out with the corporate bath water?

 

Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma

By Kira M. Newman | November 30, 2015

After a tragedy like the Paris attacks, kids will have questions. How do we respond?

 

How to Put the Giving into Thanksgiving

By Kira M. Newman | November 24, 2015

Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this Thanksgiving.

 

Five Ways to Build Caring Community on Social Media

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2015

In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.

 

Three Reasons to Raise Grateful Kids

By Shuka Kalantari | November 19, 2015

Here's what Shuka Kalantari learned from researching the science of gratitude while raising a toddler.

 

The Trouble with Thanksgiving Gratitude

By Kira M. Newman | November 18, 2015

Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.

 

The Three Parts of an Effective Apology

By Christine Carter | November 12, 2015

"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.

 

Want to Be Happy? Make Your Relationships Exceptional

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | November 9, 2015

New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.

 

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  • What if Schools Taught Kindness?

    February 1, 2016

    Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.

  • The Subversive Power of the Kiss

    February 11, 2016

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.

  • How to Cultivate Humble Leadership

    February 9, 2016

    One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.

  

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