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How to Build an Inclusive School Community During a Divisive Election

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 28, 2016

A new report finds that the presidential election is having a negative impact on students. What can educators do?

 
  

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How Positive Media Can Make Us Better People

By Sophie H. Janicke | April 27, 2016

Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.

 

Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

By Tchiki Davis | April 21, 2016

A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.

 

The Right Way to Get Angry at Work

By Deanna Geddes, Dirk Lindebaum | April 19, 2016

Anger has a place at work, Geddes and Lindebaum argue, as long as it meets three conditions. 


 

Can Helping Others Keep You Sober?

By Jill Suttie | April 14, 2016

New research suggests that helping others—and the sense of belonging it brings—can help alcohol and drug addicts stay sober.

 

How to Talk with Your Kids about Donald Trump

By Allison Briscoe-Smith | April 13, 2016

The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.

 

Six Tips for Reading Emotions in Text Messages

By Tchiki Davis | April 12, 2016

Text messaging can breed disastrous misunderstandings between people. Here’s how to stop that from happening.

 

How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

By Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter | April 11, 2016

Tips for increasing focus and awareness and decreasing stress at work.

 

Can Trendy Baby Classes Really Boost a Child’s Development?

By Amy Bidgood | April 7, 2016

For baby massage, swimming, yoga, and signing, the scientific jury is still out.

 

How—and Why—to Take Your Life Back from Email

By Christine Carter | April 6, 2016

Regain your time, attention, and energy from the email machine.

 

Four Reasons to Cultivate Patience

By Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2016

Good things really do come to those who wait.

 

Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 31, 2016

New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills.

 

What Preschools Can Teach Universities

By Nicola Whitton | March 30, 2016

The emphasis on grades is sapping motivation from university students. "Playful learning" can help reignite it.

 

Four Reasons to Cultivate Zest in Life

By Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2016

According to research, the joyful energy of zest is good for your career and your mental health.

 
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Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter?

By Kira M. Newman | March 24, 2016

According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.

 
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Three Lessons from Zootopia to Discuss with Kids

By Allison Briscoe-Smith | March 23, 2016

The new Disney film raises tough questions about prejudice for parents and teachers to explore with children.

 

Before You Scroll, Try This Mindful Social Media Practice

By Christopher Willard | March 22, 2016

We're all self-critical—here's how to become aware of the emotions we're courting on social media.

 
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The Four Keys to Well-Being

By Richard J. Davidson | March 21, 2016

Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.

 

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

By Summer Allen, Jeremy Adam Smith | March 17, 2016

New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.

 

Five Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | March 16, 2016

Several exercises to help you make the most of the International Day of Happiness.

 

You Will Never Find Work-Life Balance

By Christine Carter | March 15, 2016

Instead of struggling to balance responsibilities, we need to aim for finding our flow.

 

Four Awe-Inspiring Activities

By Juliana Breines | March 8, 2016

Research-based practices for cultivating awe from the GGSC website Greater Good in Action.

 

How Nature Can Make You Kinder, Happier, and More Creative

By Jill Suttie | March 2, 2016

We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.

 

How to Pick a President without Being Sexist

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016

As Americans interview candidates for president, how can they make sure gender bias doesn't get in the way of hiring the right one?

 
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Women, Power, and Hillary Clinton

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016

Research suggests that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power—but they’ll face the same pitfalls as their male counterparts.

 

Can Helping Others Help You Find Meaning in Life?

By Elizabeth Hopper | February 16, 2016

New research is finding that being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful.

 

The Subversive Power of the Kiss

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 11, 2016

A new wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.

 

Could Stress Be Causing Your Relationship Problems?

By Kira M. Newman | February 10, 2016

Research reveals how stress can get between you and your partner, and how to stay connected amid the chaos.

 

How to Cultivate Humble Leadership

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 9, 2016

One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.

 

Why Working Longer Won’t Make You More Productive

By Christine Carter | February 3, 2016

Christine Carter calls for a new conception of the “ideal worker"—one that doesn't involve working long hours.

 

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016

Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.

 

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