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The four types of photos used by researchers who found that images with dolls facing each other in the background--like in image (a)--primed kids to help others.

Four Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 20, 2012

Back-to-school tips: Research-based steps teachers can take to prime their students for kindness.

 
  

Past Stories

Eight Tips for Fostering Flow in the Classroom

By Jill Suttie | April 17, 2012

Every teacher wants students to feel engaged and happy in the classroom. Here are research-based tips for making it happen.

 

Greater Good Sex Tips for Guys

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 12, 2012

Jeremy Adam Smith offers three science-based sex tips for the emotionally intelligent gentleman.

 

Seven Tips for Fostering Generosity

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 12, 2011

It's a time of giving. But can we make giving a way of life, all year round?

 

Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

By Jason Marsh | November 17, 2011

Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

 

Have You Helped Someone Today?

By Jason Marsh | March 15, 2011

Tell us how--and enjoy a helper's high.

 

Six Ways to Boost Your “Habits of Helping”

By Stephen G. Post | March 15, 2011

Want to live a longer, healthier life? Stephen G. Post explains how to reap the benefits of practicing altruism.

 

10 Ways to Become More Grateful

By Robert Emmons | November 17, 2010

Robert Emmons offers everyday tips for living a life of gratitude.

 
Fred Luskin discusses why and how to forgive at the Greater Good Science Center event, "Forgiveness and Gratitude."

Fred Luskin Explains How to Forgive

By Jason Marsh | August 24, 2010

His research-tested technique for giving up your grudges.

 

The Hows of Happiness

By Jason Marsh | July 21, 2010

Seven research-tested strategies for a happier life.

 
Children participating in the Mindful Schools program.

Tips for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids

By Megan Cowan | May 13, 2010
 

Five Steps to Happiness at Work

By Timothy Sharp | July 1, 2009

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.

 

Everyday Art

By Christine Carter | December 1, 2008

Christine Carter reveals six steps for boosting kids' creativity.

 

Five Ways to Rebuild Trust

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 1, 2008
 

Knowledge is Power

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 1, 2008
 

Four Ways to Give Thanks

By Catherine Price | June 1, 2007
 

How to Avoid Labor Pains

By Jess Alberts , Angela Threthewey | June 1, 2007
 

The Making of an Upstander

By Jason Marsh | September 1, 2006
 

What an Apology Must Do

By Aaron Lazare | September 1, 2004
 

Nine Steps to Forgiveness

By Fred Luskin | September 1, 2004
 

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