Jonah Lehrer's new book shows that creativity is not a single gift possessed by the lucky few. It’s a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
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Articles: How Creativity WorksBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 10, 2012
Imagine author Jonah Lehrer explores how neuroscientific discoveries have helped us understand the ways we imagine new things.
Articles: How to Relieve StressBy Robert M. Sapolsky | March 22, 2012
Robert M. Sapolsky explains why stress can become a chronic problem—and how we can reduce the toll it takes on our lives.
Articles: Five Collaboration Tips from IntrovertsBy Genevieve DeGuzman | February 1, 2012
Collaboration and open-plan offices are trendy. But in the rush to tear down walls, are we forgetting the virtues of solitude?
Researcher R. Keith Sawyer looks to comedians and jazz groups for 10 keys to more creative, successful teams in the office, on the field, and beyond.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Research Digest Items/Studies: How Can We Become More Engaged at Work?
A recent survey looks at the link between money and happiness during hard times.
Research Digest Items/Studies: The Benefits of Bringing Work Home
Articles: The Dark Side of Emotional IntelligenceBy Jason Marsh | June 9, 2011
A new study suggests EI can be used for evil as well as good.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Managers with Empathy Might Improve Employee Health
Articles: Can We Find Happiness at Work?By Michael Bergeisen | April 1, 2011
Srikumar Rao, the “happiness guru” of the business world, discusses his ideas for finding joy and meaning in your job--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: Fake Smiles May Be Bad for Your HealthBy Jason Marsh | February 22, 2011
A new study suggests how our facial expressions affect our happiness.
Refuting the management experts, a recent study suggests employees should be free to decorate their own workspaces.
Research Digest Items/Studies: A Positive Mood Boosts Creativity
Research Digest Items/Studies: Positive Workplaces, Positive Families
Articles: Busy People Are Happy PeopleBy Whitney Patterson | November 10, 2010
Why a life of leisure may not bring us happiness.
Articles: Serve Others, Find SuccessBy Anahid Modrek | September 28, 2010
Research suggests that young people motivated to help others are poised for a successful career.
Articles: Wonderfully IrrationalBy Pelin Kesebir | August 10, 2010
A review of The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
Research Digest Items/Studies: Do Our Brains Crave Equality?
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
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.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.
A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.
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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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