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
The research to date says yes—but only in certain conditions.
Articles: How to Stop the Racist in YouBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | July 27, 2016
The new science of bias suggests that we all carry prejudices within ourselves—and we all have the tools to keep them in check.
Articles: How Nature Helps Fathers NurtureBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen | June 15, 2016
What biological forces could help explain why some fathers are more involved with children than others?
Articles: The Science of the StoryBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 8, 2016
We know in our gut when we’re hearing a good story—and research is starting to explain why.
Articles: The Benefits of Feeling AweBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016
We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.
Teacher Appreciation Week is here, not a moment too soon. How can parents and students help teachers to see their own strengths?
New research provides a whole new understanding of the brain's amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good.
As Americans interview candidates for president, how can they make sure gender bias doesn't get in the way of hiring the right one?
Articles: Women, Power, and Hillary ClintonBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 24, 2016
Research suggests that Clinton’s election could increase women’s political power—but they’ll face the same pitfalls as their male counterparts.
Articles: The Subversive Power of the KissBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 11, 2016
A new wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.
Articles: How Fear Hurts UsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015
In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: May Mindfulness Be With YouBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 14, 2015
Jeremy Adam Smith finds common ground with his son in the philosophy of Star Wars.
Articles: Mindfulness at Work is Not Mind ControlBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 2, 2015
A chorus of criticism has grown alongside mindfulness at work programs. But do they throw the mindful baby out with the corporate bath water?
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.
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.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
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