Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.
From The Editors
Most Recent Story
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.
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!
Sign up now for regular updates on our education program.
... 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?
The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.
Stress is the problem, says Robert Sapolsky. Is Kristin Neff's idea of self-compassion the solution?
A new tragedy raises questions over how to respond to high rates of PTSD.
The results are in from the Greater Good gratitude quiz. Seems like you've been keeping a gratitude journal, haven't you?
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
Greater Good Events
University of California, Berkeley
Clark Kerr Campus
Friday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 2, 2014
We will start accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Institute on January 8, 2014. Please sign up for the GGSC’s Education Newsletter for notifications and updates.
» ALL EVENTS
Take a Greater Good Quiz!
How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!» TAKE A QUIZ
Dr. Christine Carter's blog on the science of raising happy kids.» READ MORE
Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
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...
Book of the Week
» READ MORE
SponsorsSpecial thanks to
The Quality of Life Foundation for its support of the Greater Good Science Center
Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program