The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
From The Editors
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from 2013—and point to 10 more you ought to consider reading.
We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.
Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.
Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.
Critics say gratitude is unworthy of scientific study, and shouldn't be promoted in schools. We disagree!
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... and introducing our new Education Director, Vicki Zakrzewski.
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.
These entries offer quick recipes for happiness: nature, supportive relationships, altruism, and kittens.
Watch them all for a major boost of happiness!
Check out this engaging tale of paper dolls, modern life, and the secret to true happiness.
Mitt Romney stands accused of homophobic bullying in high school. But what positive lessons can we draw from the story?
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
Greater Good Events
UC Berkeley Campus, International House
April 4, 2014
A day-long seminar for health care professionals featuring Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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