Jeremy Adam Smith

Jeremy Adam Smith


Jeremy Adam Smith edits the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good, and helps launch new products like 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,, 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

Articles: Five Ways to Build Caring Community on Social Media

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2015

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.


Articles: Ten Questions to Ask about Scientific Studies

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 8, 2015

Never take a study at face value, including one you read about in Greater Good!


Articles: What is the Relationship Between Stress and Empathy?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 13, 2015

A recent Greater Good article about anxiety and empathy triggered controversy among readers. But what does the science say?

Caitlyn Jenner (left, on the cover of Vanity Fair) won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. This triggered a social media uproar, with many arguing that it should have gone to U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway (right), an athlete who lost an arm and a leg in Iraq.

Articles: When Courage Goes Bad

By 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.

Worshippers embrace following a group prayer across the street from the scene of a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.

Articles: Racism is Not a Mental Illness

By 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?


Articles: Why Teachers Are More Likely to Punish Black Students

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 7, 2015

A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.

Which one will you choose?

Articles: How Science Helps Us Find the Good

By 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 Hits

By 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.


Articles: Mindfulness Helps You Feel Good about Helping

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 26, 2015

A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.


Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2014

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Bianca Lorenz, Kira M. Newman, Lauren Klein, Lisa Bennett , Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie | December 26, 2014

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

A boy stands outside his home following the devastating 2009  earthquake in Padang, Indonesia.

Articles: Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal from Trauma?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 26, 2014

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 Hits

By 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 Work

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 17, 2014

Four new studies point toward three benefits to cultivating moment-to-moment awareness in the workplace.

Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

Articles: How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By 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?


Articles: Scientific Insights from the Greater Good Gratitude Summit

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 17, 2014

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 Sessions

By 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 Sessions

By 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 Facebook

By 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?

A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in San Francisco.

Articles: Five Ways to Encourage Giving to Disadvantaged Public Schools

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 6, 2014

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?


Articles: Can Fostering Positive Emotions Help Stop Suicide?

By Jeremy Adam Smith, Devan Davison | January 15, 2014

Two new studies look at how gratitude, grit, and forgiveness can work together to cut suicidal thoughts and behaviors.


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