Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.
The Buddhist teacher and best-selling author explores the connection between moment-to-moment awareness and "the spirit of gratitude."
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
What happens when we define some people as more human than others? A Q&A with Susan Fiske about the new science of racism.
Poems and pop songs have a lot to say about love. But is it all nonsense? Helen Fisher looks at lyrics through a scientific lens.
A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow Terrie Rose on developing emotional readiness in young children.
Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? A Q&A with Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0.
Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.
An interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author, and leading figure in the worldwide gratitude movement.
A new study says materialistic values can worsen conflict between family and work.
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
A new book explores extreme differences between parents and children—and in so doing, reveals how we can all find empathy, resilience, and meaning in life's most difficult experiences.
In the second of a two-part conversation, Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explains how science can help teams become more creative.
Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explores how neuroscientific discoveries have helped us understand the ways we imagine new things.
Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us—and what they don't—about empathy and other skills.
Yale psychologist Laurie Santos explains why we should get inside monkeys' minds.
Kristin Neff discusses how self-compassion differs from self-esteem, why self-compassion can be hard for Americans, and the transformative effect it had on her own life--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Paul Bloom discusses how the psychology of pleasure can explain what we like and why we do good--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
An interview with Roko Belic, director of the new documentary film Happy.
An interview with Helen Whitney, director of the new PBS documentary, Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.
Srikumar Rao, the “happiness guru” of the business world, discusses his ideas for finding joy and meaning in your job--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Award-winning New York Times columnist Jane Brody offers lessons for navigating the practical and emotional challenges of end-of-life--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
As the political season heats up, psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains why liberals and conservatives don’t understand each other, and how psychological research can help us get past the culture wars—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Best-selling author Rick Hanson explains how we can rewire our brains for lasting happiness—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Best-selling Buddhist author Stephen Batchelor discusses the interplay between Buddhism and science—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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