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Articles: Why We Need Mindfulness at WorkBy Peter Jaret | November 4, 2015
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.
BlackRock’s Golbie Kamarei shares lessons from leading a mindfulness revolution on Wall Street.
Articles: Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015
As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.
Articles: How Meditation Can Change BusinessBy Jill Suttie | March 17, 2015
A new book argues that mindfulness promises to transform workplaces from the inside out.
Articles: What Makes a Great Workplace?By Jill Suttie | February 25, 2015
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
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.
Articles: How to Increase Compassion at WorkBy Jill Suttie | February 16, 2015
A new program tries to help business leaders to identify and alleviate suffering in the workplace.
Articles: Three Benefits To Mindfulness at WorkBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 17, 2014
Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.
Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
Articles: Can Mindfulness Improve Decision Making?By Hooria Jazaieri | May 12, 2014
A recent study asks if present-moment focus can help correct for the "sunk-cost bias"—our tendency to continue down a path because we're already so far along.
Articles: Why Leaders Need a Triple FocusBy Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014
Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.
Articles: Eight Ways to Find More Meaning at WorkBy Morten Hansen, Dacher Keltner | November 4, 2013
Does your job seem dull and meaningless? Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner point the way out.
Articles: Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at WorkBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 16, 2013
Americans are less likely to say "thanks" on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Articles: Just One Thing: Give Them What They WantBy Rick Hanson | May 2, 2013
Rick Hanson says that giving other people what they need will improve your life, not just their theirs.
Articles: Do Givers Get Ahead?By Jill Suttie | May 1, 2013
It's the givers, not the takers, who thrive the most in business, argues a new book.
Articles: 10 Ways to Get Ahead through GivingBy Adam Grant | April 22, 2013
Adam Grant's research shows that "givers" rise to the top of the success ladder. Here's how you can make giving a way of life.
Articles: Why Compassion in Business Makes SenseBy Emma Seppala | April 15, 2013
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
Articles: How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part TwoBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2013
Jeremy Adam Smith offers five more tips to help men find a happy fit between paid work and family responsibilities.
Articles: How to be a Happy Working Dad, Part OneBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 27, 2013
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
Articles: Sustaining Compassion in Health CareBy Robert McClure | February 28, 2013
As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges.
Articles: Take This Job and….By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 20, 2012
Wait! Here are some research-based ways teachers and principals can rejuvenate their passion for their jobs over the holidays.
Articles: Do We Care for Our Teachers?By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2012
To create a caring school community, research tells us that care must be extended to everyone.
Great companies have compassionate leaders, says Google's "Jolly Good Fellow."
Articles: Happiness is about Respect, not RichesBy Stacey Kennelly | July 13, 2012
A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Tough Guys Sacrifice More
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
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- "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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- 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...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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