Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Stories by Jill Suttie
Articles: How to Make Grateful KidsBy Jill Suttie | April 15, 2014
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
Articles: When is Parenting All Joy and No Fun?By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2014
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
Articles: Six Books We Overlooked in 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2014
Good books about the science of meaningful life that we wish we had reviewed last year!
A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
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: Why Are We So Wired to Connect?By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2013
A new book outlines the evidence for the primacy of social connections in our lives, and presents guidelines improving workplaces, schools, and personal well-being.
Articles: Why You Should Sleep Your Way to the TopBy Jill Suttie | December 1, 2013
Many Americans are against sleep, equating it with laziness. But one of the world's leading experts on sleep says that's hurting our relationships and our ability to solve problems.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Articles: Who is Gifted?By Jill Suttie | October 22, 2013
A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.
Articles: Are We Losing Our Focus?By Jill Suttie | October 9, 2013
In a new book, Daniel Goleman argues that focus leads to greater happiness, better relationships, and increased productivity.
Articles: Should Your Doctor Care About You?By Jill Suttie | October 4, 2013
A new book explains the role emotions play in medical care.
Articles: A Healthier Kind of HappinessBy Jill Suttie | September 10, 2013
Happiness and good health seem to go together. But according to a new study, not all forms of happiness are created equal.
Articles: Where Do Heroes Come From?By Jill Suttie | August 28, 2013
Why do some of us make sacrifices for others? A new book explores the science of selflessness.
Articles: How to Keep Your Brain SharpBy Jill Suttie | July 30, 2013
A new book explores how to optimize brain health through all the stages of life.
Articles: Finding Morality in AnimalsBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2013
Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.
In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
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