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."
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.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
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