Jeremy Adam Smith
Jeremy Adam Smith edits the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good, and helps launch new products like Thnx4.org and Greater Good in Action. He is the author of The Daddy Shift, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls “amazing” and the New York Times praises as “a chronicle of a time that he predicts we will look back upon as the start of permanent change.” He also co-edited the collection Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood, as well as two Greater Good anthologies, Are We Born Racist? and The Compassionate Instinct.
Jeremy’s coverage of racial and economic segregation in San Francisco schools has won numerous honors, most recently the 2014 Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting and John Swett Award from the California Teachers Association. His articles and essays have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, The Nation, Mindful, Shambhala Sun, Wired, and many other periodicals, websites, and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by The Today Show, the New York Times, USA Today, Salon.com, Working Mother, Nightline, ABC News, NBC News, the Globe and Mail, and numerous NPR shows about parenting and education. Before joining the GGSC, Jeremy was a 2010-11 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University.
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Stories by Jeremy Adam Smith
Never take a study at face value, including one you read about in Greater Good!
A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?
Articles: When Courage Goes BadBy Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015
Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.
Articles: Racism is Not a Mental IllnessBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.
Articles: How Science Helps Us Find the GoodBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015
Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.
Articles: Happiness Greatest HitsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 20, 2015
Today is the UN's International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, here's a list of some of our most illuminating and helpful happiness research, tools, and tips.
A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.
Articles: Gratitude Greatest HitsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2014
During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!
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.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
The Greater Good Science Center has sponsored dozens of researchers to expand the frontiers of knowledge about gratitude. On June 7, we brought them together.
Slide Presentation: Greater Good Gratitude Summit: Afternoon SessionsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 7, 2014
These slides are from the afternoon sessions of the Greater Good Gratitude Summit.
Slide Presentation: Greater Good Gratitude Summit: Morning SessionsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 7, 2014
These slides are from the morning sessions of the Greater Good Gratitude Summit.
Articles: Where to Find Love on FacebookBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | February 12, 2014
The GGSC worked with Facebook to develop a new type of emoticon. Can you guess which one proved most popular?
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Two new studies look at how gratitude, grit, and forgiveness can work together to cut suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from 2013—and point to 10 more you ought to consider reading.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.
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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”...
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- Northeast Foundation for Children
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- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
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