Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.
Stories for... Educators
Foster kindness and goodwill at your next meeting by saying “thank you.”
Articles: The Trouble with Trigger WarningsBy Mariah Flynn | November 1, 2016
Can educators warn students about troubling content without discouraging class participation? Here are some tips.
The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.
New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills.
Articles: How to Cultivate Humble LeadershipBy Vicki Zakrzewski | February 9, 2016
One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations--and then listening to students and staff.
It's so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego.
Articles: Kind Kids Lead to Healthier CommunitiesBy Emily Campbell | December 16, 2015
A new study suggests that cultivating “pro-social” skills in schools might benefit public health and safety.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
Articles: What a Greater Good School Looks LikeBy Vicki Zakrzewski | October 27, 2015
One school in India is cultivating the well-being of students by implementing Greater Good Science Center practices.
Binge-drinking students have lower grades, worse health, and more legal problems. A new study suggests a strategy that might help.
Discussing the new film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s timeless poems with students can help reveal the science of a meaningful life.
Check out these research-based practices for cultivating staff well-being—a key to successful schools.
Articles: Are We Born Vengeful?By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015
A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.
A moving account of the lessons one teacher took back from our Summer Institute for Educators.
The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.
Articles: Please Stop Interrupting Me!By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015
Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.
Articles: How to Help Teens Find PurposeBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.
Two new studies investigate self-compassion in adolescents.
Articles: Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help TeachersBy Patricia Jennings | March 30, 2015
Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
Articles: How to Build Trust in SchoolsBy Vicki Zakrzewski | February 19, 2015
Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.
Articles: How to Forge a Mentoring RelationshipBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | February 17, 2015
Intergenerational mentoring carries many benefits, but it's becoming more and more rare. Here are some tips for renewing an age-old practice.
Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.
New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.
If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.
SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.
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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- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
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The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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