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Four Ways to Make the Most of Gratitude on Valentine’s Day

By Amie M. Gordon | February 12, 2013

Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.


Past Stories

Robert Emmons Argues that Gratitude is “Queen of the Virtues”

By Jason Marsh | September 21, 2012

In a new essay for Big Questions Online, he says we overlook gratitude's greatest benefits when we just focus on happiness.

Some of the speakers who participated in Saturday's Being Human event.

Notes on Being Human

By Jason Marsh | March 26, 2012

A report from the frontiers of human consciousness and connection.


Fox News: GGSC Fellow Study is “Junk”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2011

New media coverage of our research ranges from the helpful to the political.

Do you trust this man? This GGSC's Dacher Keltner.

Is that Stranger Trustworthy? You’ll Know in 20 seconds

By Yasmin Anwar | November 15, 2011

New research co-authored by the GGSC's Dacher Keltner suggests we can instinctively detect whether a stranger is inclined to kindness.


The Limits of David Brooks’ “Limits of Empathy”

By Jason Marsh | October 4, 2011

Does empathy lead to altruism? The New York Times columnist gets it wrong.


All You Need is Love (and Meditation)

By Kelly Erickson | July 27, 2011

Highlights from the last two days of the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology.


Dispatches from the Frontiers of Happiness

By Kelly Erickson | July 25, 2011

Highlights from the first half of the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology.

Martin Seligman

Is Happiness Overrated?

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2011

The founder of positive psychology zeroes in on what really matters.


Is Gross National Happiness Next?

By Jason Marsh | May 2, 2011

New momentum for governments' efforts to track the happiness of their citizens.


Should Lottery Winners Share with Their Colleagues?

By Jason Marsh | April 1, 2011

Greater Good's Jason Marsh writes on that sharing the latest Mega Millions jackpot might bring the winners more happiness than keeping the prize all to themselves.

A real smile or a fake one? Find out how to tell the difference at our Emotional Intelligence Quiz.

Fake Smiles May Be Bad for Your Health

By Jason Marsh | February 22, 2011

A new study suggests how our facial expressions affect our happiness.


Happy: The Movie

By Jason Marsh | February 16, 2011

Sneak preview of new documentary on the science of happiness.


Taming the Tiger Mother

By Jason Marsh | January 27, 2011

Christine Carter discusses "tiger mother" Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, on CBS Sunday Morning.


Dacher Keltner on BloggingheadsTV with Robert Wright

By Jason Marsh | January 15, 2011

Greater Good's executive editor discusses the science of touch, awe, oxytocin, and more.


Play Date in the New York Times

By Jason Marsh | January 6, 2011

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