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This essay was adapted from Arianna Huffington's new book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Can Gratitude Help You Thrive?

By Arianna Huffington | April 15, 2014

In an excerpt from her new book, Arianna Huffington explores how gratitude helped her to find meaning in pain and loss.

 
  

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According to a recent report from the NFL, Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito (left, number 68) bullied Jonathan Martin (right, 71).

Why Do We Blame Victims?

By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014

Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.

 

What Makes a Compassionate Man?

By Kozo Hattori | April 1, 2014

What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.

 

What’s Wrong with Grit?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 20, 2014

Schools are exploring how to foster—and even grade—perseverance and passion. But before we take grit too far, we need to remember how little we know about it.

 

How Social Connections Keep Seniors Healthy

By Jill Suttie | March 14, 2014

As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?

 

Are Some Social Ties Better Than Others?

By Juliana Breines | March 11, 2014

Which is more important: your spouse or your Facebook friends? A social psychologist says we need both, for weak ties can make us strong—and sometimes strong ties can make us weak.

 

Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

By Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | March 5, 2014

Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.

 

Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?

By Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh | February 25, 2014

A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.

 

How to Stop Attachment Insecurity from Ruining Your Love Life

By Meghan Laslocky | February 13, 2014

Do you have commitment, trust, and attachment issues? Science helped Meghan Laslocky—and it just might help you, too.

 

Where to Find Love on Facebook

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | February 12, 2014

The GGSC worked with Facebook to develop a new type of emoticon. Can you guess which one proved most popular?

 
A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in San Francisco.

Five Ways to Encourage Giving to Disadvantaged Public Schools

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 6, 2014

Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?

 

Why Leaders Need a Triple Focus

By Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014

Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.

 

When Guilt Stops Gratitude

By Stacey Kennelly | January 14, 2014

Why do we sometimes respond with resentment, not gratitude, when people are good to us? Research has the answer—and points to a solution.

 

How Stories Change the Brain

By Paul J. Zak | December 17, 2013

Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.

 

Five Myths about Gratitude

By Robert Emmons | November 21, 2013

Does gratitude make us lazy? Naive? Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, debunks some common myths and misconceptions.

 

Six Habits of Highly Grateful People

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2013

Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

 

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