Self-forgiveness is critical to well-being—but it has a dark side. Here are four steps to healthy self-forgiveness, based on recent research.
Messing up is easy, says Rick Hanson. But forgiving yourself takes practice.
Research explains why it's wrong to discriminate against overweight people—and also why it's important to help build mindfulness and self-control.
There is a place for painful experiences. But Rick Hanson explains how to minimize the harm they can do to our mental and physical health.
Trying to make healthier food choices for you and your family? Psychology can help.
Feeling confused about who you are? Rick Hanson says go home... and rest.
What's the best way to help build the resilience of loved ones? Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton says care, not tough love, is the key.
What I learned at the recent International Symposium for Contemplative Studies.
Where are you headed? Rick Hanson suggests a way to discover what's most important to you.
A GGSC-sponsored study found that compassion is less important for moving religious people to perform acts of kindness. But that doesn't mean they are less compassionate!
A state of "flow" is key to job happiness. But what is flow? Why is it important? And how can we achieve it on a regular basis at work?
Does identifying as "White" predict negative attitudes towards diversity? That depends on how conscious you are of power, says new research.
Do you sometimes mistake psychological abuse for compatibility? Look to friends for help.
Jonah Lehrer's new book shows that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
A Q&A with visionary educator John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game.
An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.
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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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