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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.

 
  

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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.

 

How to Practice Radical Gratitude

By Christine Carter | November 19, 2014

Are you burnt out on gratitude even before Thanksgiving? Christine Carter offers three ways to keep your feelings of gratefulness fresh.

 

Gratitude Greatest Hits

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2014

During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!

 

21 Ways to “Give Good No”

By Christine Carter | November 13, 2014

Saying “no” can be really hard. But Christine Carter has a three-step plan to get there.

 

Five Ways to Foster Interracial Friendship in Schools

By Jill Suttie | November 12, 2014

New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.

 
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The Right Way to Get Angry

By Todd Kashdan, Robert Biswas-Diener | October 20, 2014

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?

 

Who is Happiest?

By Tchikima Davis | September 19, 2014

We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."

 
Games and other playful activities were a key part of the Greater Good Science Center's Summer Institute for Educators, which develops key social-emotional learning skills.

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 16, 2014

SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.

 

Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

By Susan M. Pollak, Ronald D. Siegel,, Thomas Pedulla | September 8, 2014

More and more therapists are integrating moment-to-moment awareness into their practice. Here's why—and how.

 

Six Skillful Ways to Deal with Disaster

By Linda Graham | September 4, 2014

Practical tools and resources for helping cope with the challenges and crises of our lives.

 

Eight Keys to End Bullying

By Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014

Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.

 
Chris Murchison and Monica Worline present at the 2014 GGSC SIE

Exploring the Science of Social-Emotional Learning

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 18, 2014

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.

 

How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

By Daniel Siegel | August 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

 

Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | August 11, 2014

A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

 
Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014

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?

 

Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

By Linda Graham | July 16, 2014

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.

 

Can Mindfulness Help Stop Substance Abuse?

By Emily Nauman | July 14, 2014

About half of substance abusers who enter treatment use again within a year. Can it help to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness?

 

Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 1, 2014

Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.

 

Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology

By Diana Divecha | June 25, 2014

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.

 

Scientific Insights from the Greater Good Gratitude Summit

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 17, 2014

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.

 
New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy speaks during a June 9 event on working fathers at the White House.

Three Steps to a Father-Friendly Workplace

By Mike Wallberg | June 11, 2014

Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.

 

Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for You

By Joseph P. Forgas | June 4, 2014

Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.

 
Former Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith with student

A New Model of School Reform

By Vicki Zakrzewski | May 21, 2014

Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.

 

Forgive Yourself, Save Your Relationship

By Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014

Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.

 

How to Overcome Barriers to Forgiveness

By Linda Graham | May 13, 2014

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?

 

Should Motherhood Be a Thankless Job?

By Jill Suttie | May 7, 2014

New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.

 

Two Ways to Foster Grit

By Vicki Zakrzewski | May 5, 2014

To help students learn to overcome obstacles in pursuit of long-term goals, educators should focus on developing cognitive and emotional skills.

 

Seven Keys to a Good Death

By Charles Garfield | April 30, 2014

Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.

 

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