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How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 
  

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Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

What’s Good about Lying?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.

 

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

By Hooria Jazaieri | February 7, 2017

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

 
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The Evolution of Gratitude

By Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017

How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.

 

How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom

By Martha Caldwell | January 30, 2017

When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom. 


 

Why Do We Throw Coins in Fountains?

By Peter Wogan | January 26, 2017

This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.

 

What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara H. Konrath | January 24, 2017

At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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