The GGSC's Science of Happiness class relaunches on Sept. 8!
Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.
Media coverage of a new study suggests that parenting makes you really unhappy. But is that true?
A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?
When it comes to romance, do you trust your gut? That might not always be the best approach.
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.
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?
Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health.
Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.
Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.
Trying to be happy can be a recipe for unhappiness. But researcher Lahnna Catalino explains how to go about it effectively.
Ten years after the trauma of the hurricane, a study finds that some students are having unexpected success.
Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy.
Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."
Can we correct for unconscious prejudice in law enforcement? Former police officer Tracie Keesee says yes.
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.
Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.
Inspired by the forthcoming book The Gratitude Diaries, 98 young filmmakers created "thank you" videos for their fathers. Here are the best!
When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?
Another school year is over. And just in time, here are activities from our new web resource to help teachers make the most of summer.
Many people feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do.
A rundown of the world's 10 happiest countries—and what factors might have made them that way.
The Insight Prison Project helps incarcerated men learn new emotional skills in order to succeed in and out of prison. But it can also help crime survivors.
BlackRock’s Golbie Kamarei shares lessons from leading a mindfulness revolution on Wall Street.
Yes, they do. But first, you have to try them!
Evidence says that implicit racial bias influences police in deciding which cars to stop. But there's a better way, argues Jack Glaser.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Here are the things Christine Carter hopes her little girl has learned before she goes out into the world.
Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.
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