A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.
Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.
Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.
Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.
What inspires awe? Who experiences it the most? Dacher Keltner discusses common misconceptions about an elusive emotion.
According to author Sebastian Junger, facing social isolation back at home deepens the trauma.
A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.
Krista Tippett explores the scientific inquiry into what makes us wise.
According to neurosurgeon Jim Doty, mindfulness and compassion must go hand in hand.
We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
Legendary psychologist Paul Ekman explains how to extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends.
A Q&A with Brené Brown about her new book, Rising Strong.
Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.
A Q&A with MIT professor Sherry Turkle about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation.
A Q&A with Greater Good's own Jason Marsh about the benefits of mindfulness at work, the topic of our upcoming conference in Berkeley, California.
A UC Berkeley researcher is discovering the differences between good and bad stress.
Daniel Goleman talks with Greater Good about his new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.
A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.
A conversation with Twitter’s Niki Lustig about how the social media giant fosters a sense of purpose among their employees.
Jill Suttie talks with the GGSC's Christine Carter about her new book.
Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.
A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.
A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.
Law professor Rhonda Magee explains how mindfulness can benefit lawyers, their clients—and, perhaps, society at large.
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."
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
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