We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."
SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.
More and more therapists are integrating moment-to-moment awareness into their practice. Here's why—and how.
Practical tools and resources for helping cope with the challenges and crises of our lives.
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
Our Summer Institute for Educators brought together almost 100 people from all over the world—to study, play, and connect with others who are striving to make a difference in students’ lives.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.
About half of substance abusers who enter treatment use again within a year. Can it help to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness?
Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
The Greater Good Science Center has sponsored dozens of researchers to expand the frontiers of knowledge about gratitude. On June 7, we brought them together.
Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.
Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.
Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?
New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.
To help students learn to overcome obstacles in pursuit of long-term goals, educators should focus on developing cognitive and emotional skills.
Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
In an excerpt from her new book, Arianna Huffington explores how gratitude helped her to find meaning in pain and loss.
Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
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.
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?
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.
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.
Greater Good Events
International House, UC Berkeley campus
November 7, 2014
This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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