Back-to-school tips: Research-based steps teachers can take to prime their students for kindness.
Tools for the Greater Good
Every teacher wants students to feel engaged and happy in the classroom. Here are research-based tips for making it happen.
Jeremy Adam Smith offers three science-based sex tips for the emotionally intelligent gentleman.
It's a time of giving. But can we make giving a way of life, all year round?
Here's a way to be thankful all year long.
Tell us how--and enjoy a helper's high.
Want to live a longer, healthier life? Stephen G. Post explains how to reap the benefits of practicing altruism.
Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.
His research-tested technique for giving up your grudges.
Seven research-tested strategies for a happier life.
Australian positive psychologist Timothy Sharp—otherwise known as "Dr. Happy"—asked 50 people a simple question: What do you consider to be the top three contributors to happiness at work? Their answers provide food for thought to managers and employees alike.
Christine Carter reveals six steps for boosting kids' creativity.
Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.
New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?
New studies are suggesting that music can be more powerful than medication.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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