Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Stories by Jill Suttie
A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.
Articles: Can Empathy Improve Policing?By Jill Suttie | September 21, 2016
New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use of force.
Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.
Articles: How to Raise an EnvironmentalistBy Jill Suttie | September 14, 2016
Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.
New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.
Articles: Convincing Skeptics to Try MeditationBy Jill Suttie | July 28, 2016
Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.
Articles: Why Your Office Needs More NatureBy Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016
According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.
A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.
Articles: How Music Bonds Us TogetherBy Jill Suttie | June 28, 2016
According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.
Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
Articles: Do We Need More Empathic Judges?By Jill Suttie | June 22, 2016
A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.
New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.
Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Empathy in KidsBy Jill Suttie | June 10, 2016
In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.
According to new research, children who experience mindful parenting are less likely to use drugs or get depression or anxiety.
Articles: How to Help Low-Income Students SucceedBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2016
According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
Articles: Living with a Purpose Changes EverythingBy Jill Suttie | May 20, 2016
According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.
Articles: Where to Find Wisdom in the BodyBy Jill Suttie | May 19, 2016
According to a new study, people with higher heart rate variability are wiser—when they make an effort to be objective.
Meditation is helping police officers to de-escalate volatile situations, improve community relations—and improve their own well-being.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
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