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A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

By Scott Barry Kaufman | January 19, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

 
  

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Are Your Happiness Goals Too High?

By James Baraz | January 17, 2017

On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.

 

How to Fight Stress with Empathy

By Arthur P. Ciaramicoli | January 11, 2017

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.

 

Why 2016 Was Actually One of the Best Years on Record

By Annie Duflo, Jeffrey Mosenkis | January 10, 2017

World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.

 

Ten Inspiring Moments from 2016

By Greater Good Editors | January 3, 2017

We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Our Best Education Articles of 2016

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 2, 2017

During the past year, Greater Good published a lot of exciting articles about teaching and schools. Here are some of the best.

 

What Will the Theme of Your Life Be in 2017?

By Kira M. Newman | December 30, 2016

As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.

 

The Best Greater Good Articles of 2016

By Greater Good Editors | December 27, 2016

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

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 26, 2016

Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.

 

Is the Drive to Be Masculine Hurting Your Mental Health?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 21, 2016

A wave of studies in 2016 suggest that masculine ideals can hurt men's physical and mental health. But they also hint at a healthier aspiration for men.

 

How to Budget for More Happiness

By Tchiki Davis | December 20, 2016

The purchases we make fall into four categories—some of which bring more happiness than others.

 

Our Best Parenting Articles of 2016

By Greater Good Editors | December 19, 2016

Here are the year's most acclaimed, popular, or helpful articles on parenting and child development from Greater Good.

 
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Syrian Refugee Aid Workers Are Training in Mindfulness

By Hugh Byrne | December 15, 2016

A new program teaches humanitarian aid workers how to build resilience so they can handle the intense stress of supporting those in desperate need of help.

 

How to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving

By Jason Marsh | December 14, 2016

Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).

 

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.

 

Do Feelings Look the Same in Every Human Face?

By Jill Suttie | November 30, 2016

A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.

 

How to Only Do Things You Actually Want to Do

By Christine Carter | November 29, 2016

Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.

 

How to Say Thanks Without Feeling Indebted

By Jill Suttie | November 23, 2016

Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.

 

Eight Ways to Stand Up to Hate

By Elizabeth Svoboda | November 22, 2016

Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?

 
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Why We Need Empathy in the Age of Trump

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.

 

Struggling for Gratitude after the Election

By Kira M. Newman | November 10, 2016

Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.

 

Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

By Kira M. Newman | November 9, 2016

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

 

Three Activities to Help Students Deepen Their Gratitude

By Emily Campbell | November 8, 2016

How do we encourage students to move from saying thank you to actually feeling grateful? These classroom ideas from Open Circle can help.

 

How to Talk with Boys about Trump’s Attitude Toward Women

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 3, 2016

The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication? 

 

Three Gratitude Lessons for K-8 Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Nurturing Gratitude from the Inside Out, from The Inner Resilience Program, offers practical classroom activities integrating gratitude, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness.

 

Two Gratitude Practices for Building Trust Among School Staff

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 2, 2016

Foster kindness and goodwill at your next meeting by saying “thank you.”

 

Four Ways Teachers Can Reduce Implicit Bias

By Jill Suttie | October 28, 2016

We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.

 

How You Can Find the Good in a Nasty Election Cycle

By Kelly McGonigal | October 26, 2016

You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.

 

Seven Ways to Cultivate Joy and Empathy in Math Class

By Jill Halpern | October 25, 2016

One educator shares tales of teaching life lessons to her students, alongside integrals and exponentials.

 

Four Steps to Feeling Better about Yourself

By Tchiki Davis | October 19, 2016

Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.

 

What Happens When We Shield Kids from Boredom

By Teresa Belton | October 13, 2016

When we offer kids endless entertainment and activities, do we end up stifling their imaginations?

 

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