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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!

 
  

Past Stories

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.

 

How a Challenging Past Can Lead to a Happier Present

By Linda Graham | February 23, 2015

Recent research backs up Friedrich Nietzsche.

 

How to Build Trust in Schools

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 19, 2015

Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.

 
A Becoming a Man group therapy session

How to Forge a Mentoring Relationship

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | February 17, 2015

Intergenerational mentoring carries many benefits, but it's becoming more and more rare. Here are some tips for renewing an age-old practice.

 

How to Increase Compassion at Work

By Jill Suttie | February 16, 2015

A new program tries to help business leaders to identify and alleviate suffering in the workplace.

 

Three Risky Ways to Fall Deeply in Love

By Christine Carter | February 11, 2015

Love comes from action, not waiting to be adored.

 

My Trouble With Mindfulness

By Jill Suttie | February 9, 2015

Jill Suttie knows the benefits of mindfulness, but she still doesn't practice it. What holds her back?

 

How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Spoiled

By Ron Lieber | February 4, 2015

How can parents help kids have a healthy relationship to money? It starts with overcoming shyness and discomfort about financial issues.

 
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work, which appears this month.

Don’t Fool Yourself: Use Technology Intentionally

By Christine Carter | February 2, 2015

Social media can stress us out—or help us feel love and connection. The key is to understand their impact and use them strategically.

 
This essay is derived from Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, which contains full references to all the studies mentioned.

Can Connection Cure Addiction?

By Johann Hari | January 27, 2015

The best way to win the drug war might not be police or prisons, argues Johann Hari. Instead, we should strive to reduce feelings of isolation.

 

Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

 

Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

By Jill Suttie | January 20, 2015

New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.

 
Tris in the film version of Divergent

Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

By Christine Carter | January 19, 2015

True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.

 

Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds

By Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015

Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

 

Happiness Tip: Stop Checking Your Freaking Phone

By Christine Carter | January 13, 2015

New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?

 
Valorie Salimpoor, McGill University

Why We Love Music

By Jill Suttie | January 12, 2015

Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.

 

How Gratitude Beats Materialism

By Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | January 8, 2015

New studies reveal how to deliberately cultivate gratitude in ways that counter materialism and its negative effects.

 

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 7, 2015

Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.

 

The Three Most Important Tactics for Keeping Your Resolutions

By Christine Carter | December 30, 2014

It's easy to make New Year resolutions. The trick lies in keeping them!

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2014

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett , Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie | December 26, 2014

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

Five Ways to Get the Gift Right

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 15, 2014

Do presents make you anxious? Here are research-based techniques to help bring joy back into the holidays.

 
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the GGSC. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work (forthcoming in January of 2015) and Raising Happiness.

Why Happiness is the Wrong Pursuit

By Christine Carter | December 11, 2014

The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others

 

Debunking the Myths about Boys and Emotions

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 1, 2014

Research has found that boys can connect emotionally with others at a very deep level—we just have to make it safe for them to do so.

 

Three Steps to a Low-Stress, High-Joy Holiday Season

By Christine Carter | November 25, 2014

Christine Carter suggests how we can make this "the most wonderful time of the year," for real.

 

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  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose

    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.

  • Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?

    April 21, 2015

    A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

  • How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive

    April 14, 2015

    Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.

  

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Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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