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Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Donald Trump: Rational actors?

How Power Shapes Trust

By Martin Reimann, Oliver Schilke | October 9, 2015

A new study suggests that people with less power actually tend to put more faith in others.


Past Stories

Should We Trust Positive Psychology?

By Robert Biswas-Diener | October 7, 2015

Studies of human strengths are not being replicated. Does the field face a crisis—or an opportunity?


Where’s Your Spot on the Happiness Starting Block?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Kristophe Green | October 6, 2015

Here’s what we learned from The Science of Happiness 2015 pre-course survey.


The Five Myths of Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff | September 30, 2015

Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.

UC Berkeley professor and Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner co-teaches GG101x.

Little Life Changes Inspired by the Science of Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | September 28, 2015

Students share what they've gained from taking our free online happiness course.

Studies find that relatively happy people of Bhutan (left) and Iceland (upper right) have governments that are responsive to their needs, but that the unhappy Moldovans (lower right) are distrusting and uncooperative.

Should Governments Measure Happiness?

By Peter Kinderman | September 25, 2015

Governments are starting to track happiness. Is it just a waste of time and money?


Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity

By Emily Campbell | September 24, 2015

For children and adults alike, curiosity has been linked with psychological, emotional, social, and even health benefits.


How Inequality Can Make Wealthy People Less Cooperative

By Jill Suttie | September 23, 2015

A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.


Three Strategies for Bringing More Kindness into Your Life

By Juliana Breines | September 16, 2015

Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.


Take a Picture Today, Feel Happy Tomorrow

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

A recent study revealed that rediscovering mundane experiences can make us happier than we think they will. Here are tips for making that happen.

GGSC Senior Fellow Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of the new book The Sweet Spot.

32 Tips for My Daughter Before She Leaves Home

By Christine Carter | September 1, 2015

Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.

GG101x instructors Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner

Can You Really Learn to be Happier?

By Yasmin Anwar | August 31, 2015

The GGSC's Science of Happiness class relaunches on Sept. 8!


How to Get Your Kid to Talk about What Happened at School

By Christine Carter | August 19, 2015

Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.


Is Becoming a Parent Really Worse than Losing Your Spouse?

By Jill Suttie | August 17, 2015

Media coverage of a new study suggests that parenting makes you really unhappy. But is that true?


What is the Relationship Between Stress and Empathy?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 13, 2015

A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?


Three Reasons Why You Can’t Always Trust Romantic Instincts

By Juliana Breines | August 6, 2015

When it comes to romance, do you trust your gut? That might not always be the best approach.

Assistant Chief of Police Paul Figueroa, center, congratulates graduates after they are presented with their badges during the graduation ceremony for the 167th Police Academy at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland, California

Can Police Departments Reduce Implicit Bias?

By Paul Figueroa | August 5, 2015

Oakland’s assistant police chief says that law enforcement must work hard to reduce implicit bias and create a new path for police-community relations. But the problem is not intractable.

Carlos Arredondo helps a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. After Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, Arredondo expressed profound ambivalence about the verdict.

Is Vengeance Better for Victims than Forgiveness?

By Jason Marsh | July 29, 2015

In two high-profile cases of mass murder, some have argued that survivors and victims' families need the death penalty for a sense of closure. But is that really true?


Six Ways Happiness Is Good for Your Health

By Kira M. Newman | July 28, 2015

Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health.


Three Tricks to Help Find Your Sweet Spot

By Christine Carter | July 23, 2015

Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.

Caitlyn Jenner (left, on the cover of Vanity Fair) won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. This triggered a social media uproar, with many arguing that it should have gone to U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway (right), an athlete who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq.

When Courage Goes Bad

By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015

Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.


A Better Way to Pursue Happiness

By Lahnna Catalino | July 13, 2015

Trying to be happy can be a recipe for unhappiness. But researcher Lahnna Catalino explains how to go about it effectively.

Elaine Wynn, right, chair of the board of directors for Communities In Schools, congratulates Talitha Halley. In the years since Halley fled Katrina, the organization helped her realize her goal of graduating from Howard University.

What Can We Learn about Resilience from the Children of Katrina?

By Peggy Barmore | July 10, 2015

Ten years after the trauma of the hurricane, a study finds that some students are having unexpected success.


Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?

By Jill Suttie | July 8, 2015

Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy.


How to Avoid the Empathy Trap

By Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015

Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."


Three Ways to Reduce Implicit Bias in Policing

By Tracie L. Keesee | July 2, 2015

Can we correct for unconscious prejudice in law enforcement? Former police officer Tracie Keesee says yes.


Four Great Gratitude Strategies

By Juliana Breines | June 30, 2015

Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.


Please Stop Interrupting Me!

By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015

Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.

Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015

Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

GGSC director Dacher Keltner

How the GGSC Helped Turn Pixar “Inside Out”

By Yasmin Anwar | June 19, 2015

Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.


Gratitude for Dad

By Janice Kaplan | June 18, 2015

Inspired by the forthcoming book The Gratitude Diaries, 98 young filmmakers created "thank you" videos for their fathers. Here are the best!


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