Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
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Articles: The Four Keys to a Meaningful LifeBy Jill Suttie | January 20, 2017
A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.
A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for those prone to depression.
Articles: How to Reduce Rudeness in the WorkplaceBy Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
Articles: Six Books We Overlooked in 2016By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 4, 2017
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.
Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2016By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: Does Self-Compassion Make You Selfish?By Jill Suttie | December 5, 2016
A new study suggests that self-compassion makes you hold yourself to a higher standard of morality.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.
Articles: Is Pride Really a Sin?By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016
According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.
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.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
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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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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