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Building Empathy in Healthcare

By Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014

A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.

 
  

Past Stories

Charlie Simpson, who is featured in Every Three Seconds.

Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

By Jill Suttie | September 11, 2014

A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.

 
Rhonda Magee speaks at the GGSC's  “Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion” conference on March 8, 2013.

Mindful Lawyering

By Sara Tollefson | July 28, 2014

Law professor Rhonda Magee explains how mindfulness can benefit lawyers, their clients—and, perhaps, society at large.

 
Matthew Boger (left) and Tim Zaal.

Facing Fear, Facing Forgiveness

By Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014

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.

 

Mindful Discipline for Kids

By Jill Suttie | June 16, 2014

Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.

 
Jack Kornfield speaking at one of the GGSC's Science of a Meaningful Life seminars. He'll join us again on June 7 for the Greater Good Gratitude Summit.

Jack Kornfield on Gratitude and Mindfulness

By Carolyn Gregoire | May 19, 2014

The Buddhist teacher and best-selling author explores the connection between moment-to-moment awareness and "the spirit of gratitude."

 
James Fallon (far right) with his wife, daughters, and son.

Can a Psychopath Learn to Feel Your Pain?

By Jill Suttie | February 4, 2014

Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.

 

Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the Top

By Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013

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.

 
Daniel Goleman

Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?

By Jason Marsh | November 14, 2013

An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.

 
Joshua Greene's new book, Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them (Penguin Press, 432 pages, 2013)

How to Close the Gap Between Us and Them

By Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013

A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.

 
Susan T. Fiske speaks at Being Human 2013.

What Does Prejudice Reveal About What It Means to be Human?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 21, 2013

What happens when we define some people as more human than others? A Q&A with Susan Fiske about the new science of racism.

 

What’s Love Got to Do with the Brain?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | October 3, 2013

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.

 
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013, 252 pages

Empathy from Birth

By Laura White | August 30, 2013

A Q&A with Ashoka Fellow Terrie Rose on developing emotional readiness in young children.

 
Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Can Love Change the World?

By Michael Edwards | August 19, 2013

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.

 
Daniel Goleman and Tara Bennett-Goleman

How the Mind Can Heal the Heart

By Jill Suttie | June 19, 2013

Tara Bennett-Goleman and Daniel Goleman explain the science behind "mind whispering"—a technique for overcoming self-defeating habits of mind.

 
Brother David Steindl-Rast

Is Gratitude the Path to a Better World?

By Jill Suttie | May 29, 2013

An interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk, author, and leading figure in the worldwide gratitude movement.

 
Mark Promislo

Does Materialism Fuel Work-Life Conflict?

By Scott Behson | April 12, 2013

A new study says materialistic values can worsen conflict between family and work.

 
Sonja Lyubomirsky

Debunking the Myths of Happiness

By Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.

 

Our Children, Our Strangers

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 3, 2012

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.

 

How to Foster Group Creativity

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 11, 2012

In the second of a two-part conversation, Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explains how science can help teams become more creative.

 

How Creativity Works

By Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2012

Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explores how neuroscientific discoveries have helped us understand the ways we imagine new things.

 
V.S. Ramachandran

Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy?

By Jason Marsh | March 29, 2012

Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us—and what they don't—about empathy and other skills.

 
Laurie Santos

Pro-Social Primates

By Jason Marsh | March 28, 2012

Yale psychologist Laurie Santos explains why we should get inside monkeys' minds.

 
Kristin Neff

The Power of Self-Compassion

By Jason Marsh | March 14, 2012

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.

 

Sex, George Clooney, and the Meaning of Life

By Michael Bergeisen | August 10, 2011

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.

 

The Science of Happiness, Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

By Jason Marsh | May 20, 2011

An interview with Roko Belic, director of the new documentary film Happy.

 

Forgiveness Gets its Close-Up

By Jason Marsh | April 14, 2011

An interview with Helen Whitney, director of the new PBS documentary, Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.

 

Can We Find Happiness at Work?

By Michael Bergeisen | April 1, 2011

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.

 
Jane Brody

What Makes a Good Death?

By Michael Bergeisen | November 4, 2010

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.

 
Jonathan Haidt

How to Understand the Tea Party

By Michael Bergeisen | October 7, 2010

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.

 
Rick Hanson

The Neuroscience of Happiness

By Michael Bergeisen | September 22, 2010

Best-selling author Rick Hanson explains how we can rewire our brains for lasting happiness—part of Greater Good's podcast series.

 

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