Worried that mindfulness will undermine your drive to succeed? Research says you shouldn't be.
A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!
With the NBA Finals about to get underway, the Warriors and the Cavaliers want any advantage they can get. Research suggests they should try mindfulness.
A new study finds that positive role models aren't necessarily better than negative ones. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Two new studies defy conventional wisdom by finding that social media is exposing people to different ideas, not isolating them.
A new study asks: Is costly altruism motivated more by self-centered distress or a compassionate desire to relieve another person’s pain?
A recent study suggests that a belief in the free will of other people is key to our ability to feel gratitude when they do something to help us out.
Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.
What helps us to take responsibility for our mistakes? A recent study says the key might lie with your belief that people can change.
A new study suggests that fostering compassion among health care workers might improve the quality of patient care.
A new study suggests that altering the chemical balance in our brains can make us more committed to fairness.
A new study suggests that experience trumps intellectual knowledge when it comes to fostering compassion.
Research has found that right-wingers report being happier than those on the left. But a new study calls that into question by measuring words and behavior.
What happens in Vagus… may make or break compassion.
A new study suggests we can add nature, art, and religion to life’s best anti-inflammatories.
New research finds that the number of heart disease deaths in a county can be predicted by analyzing the language its residents use on Twitter.
A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.
A new paper finds that cultivating a diversity of emotions—positive or negative—can make us happier and healthier.
Can we override hidden prejudice? A new study says, yes, it can be done—and the key might be mindfulness meditation.
Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.
A new study explores why sharing emotional experiences—even negative ones—makes us feel better
Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.
A new study finds that people with diverse social roles show stronger brain responses to nonverbal signals from other people.
Young people: Do you want to live longer? Try finding a sense of purpose in your life.
A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
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.
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