Ideas for the Greater Good

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A flag flies at half-staff outside the funeral home where a private viewing for Whitney Houston was held Friday in Newark.

Flag Tribute to Whitney Houston: Too Little, Too Late?

By Jason Marsh | February 21, 2012

In the controversy around an honor for Whitney Houston, Jason Marsh finds lessons about the nature of heroism and compassion.

 
  

Past Stories

The Beloved Movement

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 14, 2012

A new movement of wedding photographers applies psychological insights to foster healthy relationships.

 

How to Stay Together When Everything is Coming Apart

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 25, 2009
 

Are We Post-Racial Yet?

By Susan T. Fiske | December 1, 2008
 

The Compassionate Animal

By Marc Bekoff | September 1, 2008
 

Magic for Muggles

By J.K. Rowling | June 1, 2008
 
The Semai people of Malaysia have a long history of nonviolent conflict resolution.

Worlds Without War

By Douglas P. Fry | March 1, 2008

An Idea For The Greater Good

 

The Virtue of Sadness

By Allan V. Horwitz, Jerome C. Wakefield | December 1, 2007
 

The Paradox of Humility

By Everett L. Worthington Jr. | September 1, 2007
 

Invitation to the Dance

By Barbara Ehrenreich | June 1, 2007
 

What is Social Intelligence?

By Daniel Goleman | September 1, 2006
 

The Ethics of Responsibility

By Jonathan Sacks | March 1, 2006

Everyday virtue and the meaning of life

 

Schools without Beauty

By Jonathan Kozol | September 1, 2005

What message are we sending kids when their classrooms are an “insult to aesthetics”?

 

A Different View

By Alfie Kohn | March 1, 2005

How we can help children see the world from another perspective.

 

Any Volunteers?

By Amitai Etzioni | September 1, 2004

Why Americans need more chances to serve their country—and each other.

 

Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil

By James A. Donahue | March 1, 2004
 

Most...

  
  • Four Great Gratitude Strategies

    June 30, 2015

    Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

  • Racism is Not a Mental Illness

    June 22, 2015

    Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

  • Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

    June 25, 2015

    Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

  

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Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion
International House, UC Berkeley
October 2, 2015


Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.


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Book of the Week

The Path to Purpose By William Damon Looks at how children are hampered in their search for meaning, and how concerned adults can help them find it.

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"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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