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Why Leaders Need a Triple Focus

By Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014

Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.

 
  

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2013

By Jason Marsh, Devan Davison, Bianca Lorenz, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | January 2, 2014

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

 
The Greater Good Science Center also popularizes the science of a meaningful life through conferences and seminars that feature researchers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, here speaking at the “Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion” conference in March.

The Year’s Most Popular Articles about the “Science of a Meaningful Life”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 1, 2014

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from 2013—and point to 10 more you ought to consider reading.

 

Eight Inspiring Images from 2013

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2013

We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Our 10 Most Popular Articles in 2012—and 15 More You Might Like!

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2013

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.

 

Seven Inspiring Images from 2012

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 28, 2012

Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Four Reminders of Human Strength and Goodness after Sandy Hook

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 17, 2012

Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.

 

Gratitude Research: Why Bother?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2012

Critics say gratitude is unworthy of scientific study, and shouldn't be promoted in schools. We disagree!

 

Announcing the Greater Good Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 15, 2012

Sign up now for regular updates on our education program.

 
Vicki Zakrzewski, the GGSC's new (and first-ever) Education Director.

We’re Launching Our New Education Program…

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 16, 2012

... and introducing our new Education Director, Vicki Zakrzewski.

 
The top line represents the "happiness" search volume index, 2004-2012. The bottom line shows how frequently "happiness" has turned up in Google News stories during the same period.

What We Google When We Google Love

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 19, 2012

Internet searches for positive emotions and behaviors are increasing; searches for negative emotions are staying flat. We don't know why, but we know people are searching for what's good in humanity.

 
Relationship Happiness with Sharkee

Honorable Mentions in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 19, 2012

These entries offer quick recipes for happiness: nature, supportive relationships, altruism, and kittens.

 
What Makes Me Happy?

The Runners-Up in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 18, 2012

Watch them all for a major boost of happiness!

 
A scene from Bill's Story, the winner of our happiness video competition.

The Winner of Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition: “Bill’s Story”

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2012

Check out this engaging tale of paper dolls, modern life, and the secret to true happiness.

 

Three Lessons from Mitt Romney about Bullying

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 14, 2012

Mitt Romney stands accused of homophobic bullying in high school. But what positive lessons can we draw from the story?

 

How Altruistic is the Greater Good Community?

By Gregg Sparkman | April 27, 2012

The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.

 

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