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Three Ways to Reduce Implicit Bias in Policing

By Tracie L. Keesee | July 2, 2015

Can we correct for unconscious prejudice in law enforcement? Former police officer Tracie Keesee says yes.

 
  

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Four Great Gratitude Strategies

By Juliana Breines | June 30, 2015

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.

 

Please Stop Interrupting Me!

By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015

Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.

 
Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015

Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

 
GGSC director Dacher Keltner

How the GGSC Helped Turn Pixar “Inside Out”

By Yasmin Anwar | June 19, 2015

Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.

 

Gratitude for Dad

By Janice Kaplan | June 18, 2015

Inspired by the forthcoming book The Gratitude Diaries, 98 young filmmakers created "thank you" videos for their fathers. Here are the best!

 

How to Make Dads Memorable

By Scott Behson | June 18, 2015

When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?

 

Five Ways for Teachers to Recharge This Summer

By Emily Campbell | June 17, 2015

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.

 

You DO Have Time for a Summer Vacation

By Christine Carter | June 16, 2015

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.

 

What Makes a Nation Happy?

By Cat Johnson | June 12, 2015

A rundown of the world's 10 happiest countries—and what factors might have made them that way.

 

Can Restorative Justice Help Prisoners to Heal?

By Jill Suttie | June 9, 2015

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.

 

Five Tips for Launching a Meditation Program at Work

By Brad Wolfe | June 8, 2015

BlackRock’s Golbie Kamarei shares lessons from leading a mindfulness revolution on Wall Street.

 

Do Happiness Practices Work?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Tchikima Davis | June 3, 2015

Yes, they do. But first, you have to try them!

 
During the past year, actor and comedian Chris Rock took selfies every time he was pulled over by police, as anecdotal evidence of bias in traffic stops. Rock says this happened three times in two months.

How to Reduce Racial Profiling

By Jack Glaser | May 28, 2015

Evidence says that implicit racial bias influences police in deciding which cars to stop. But there's a better way, argues Jack Glaser.

 

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

By Vicki Zakrzewski, Peter Brunn | May 25, 2015

If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.

 

Three Tricky Ways to Cultivate Courage

By Christine Carter | May 21, 2015

Fear holding you back? Here are Christine Carter's favorite tactics for building bravery.

 
A selfie with National Guard soldiers in Baltimore on May 1, 2015.

Understanding Our New Racial Reality Starts with the Unconscious

By john a. powell | May 19, 2015

Egalitarian goals can be undermined by deeply rooted implicit biases, says john a. powell. To address racial discrimination, we need to look inward.

 
Officer Tina Latendresse of the Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon meditates during a mindfulness training program for police.

How Mindfulness Can Defeat Racial Bias

By Rhonda Magee | May 14, 2015

There might be a solution to implicit racial bias, argues Rhonda Magee: cultivating moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

 
Adapted from The Upside of Stress (Avery, 2015).

How to Transform Stress into Courage and Connection

By Kelly McGonigal | May 13, 2015

Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.

 

Why Teachers Are More Likely to Punish Black Students

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 7, 2015

A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.

 

How Being a Stepmom Makes Me a Better Parent

By Christine Carter | May 5, 2015

The children of Christine Carter's husband have taught her to give her own kids a little more space.

 

Eight Ways to Achieve More While Working Less

By Christine Carter | April 30, 2015

Slacking off makes Christine Carter more productive because she slacks strategically.

 
Protesters in Baltimore take to the streets following the death in police detention of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?

By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015

As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.

 
Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, co-instructors for GG101x: The Science of Happiness. You can still enroll for the self-paced course.

Can an Online Course Boost Happiness?

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Juliana Breines | April 22, 2015

Based on the results from our “Science of Happiness” class, the answer seems to be Yes!

 

How to Help Teens Find Purpose

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015

Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

 
Which one will you choose?

How Science Helps Us Find the Good

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015

Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.

 
This essay is based on Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom (WW Norton, 2015).

Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

By Patricia Jennings | March 30, 2015

Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

 

Why Evolution Made Forgiveness Difficult

By Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015

Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?

 

Happiness Greatest Hits

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 20, 2015

Today is the UN's International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, here's a list of some of our most illuminating and helpful happiness research, tools, and tips.

 
They look like they're fighting—but in fact these two bonobos are playing.

What Can Bonobos Tell Us about Ourselves?

By Frans de Waal | March 3, 2015

Famed primatologist Frans de Waal takes on the unproven assumption that apes and humans are natural-born killers.

 

In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg

By Rhonda Magee | February 26, 2015

The creator of Nonviolent Communication, who touched the lives of countless people, died earlier this month.

 

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  • Four Great Gratitude Strategies

    June 30, 2015

    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.

  • Racism is Not a Mental Illness

    June 22, 2015

    Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

  • Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

    June 25, 2015

    Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

  

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