Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good‘s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Stories by Jill Suttie
A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
Articles: Facing Fear, Facing ForgivenessBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014
Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Articles: Making Mindfulness Part of TherapyBy Jill Suttie | June 23, 2014
A new book explores when and how therapists can incorporate moment-to-moment, non-judgmental attention into their practice.
Articles: Mindful Discipline for KidsBy Jill Suttie | June 16, 2014
Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.
Articles: How Parents Can Keep Their CoolBy Jill Suttie | June 3, 2014
Two new books tackle the problem of raising difficult kids, offering solutions that are both more compassionate and successful than harsh discipline.
Articles: Why Do We Laugh?By Jill Suttie | May 28, 2014
A new book explains what humor is, how things become funny, and why evolution gave us laughter.
Articles: What’s the Truth about Trust?By Jill Suttie | May 21, 2014
A new book says that trustworthiness is a moving target, dependent on our moods, circumstances, and competing needs.
Articles: Should Motherhood Be a Thankless Job?By Jill Suttie | May 7, 2014
New research suggests that Mother's Day gratitude isn't just good for Mom—it can be good for the kids, too.
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.
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
Psychologist and author Shauna Shapiro explains new research into how meditation changes the brain.
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