Juliana Breines, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. She received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research examines how social experiences shape the way people treat themselves, and how positive and negative forms of self-treatment (e.g., self-compassion, self-criticism) impact health and well-being.
Juliana’s research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She is a co-founder of the blog Psych Your Mind: Applying Psychology to Everyday Life.
Stories by Juliana Breines
Articles: Four Awe-Inspiring ActivitiesBy Juliana Breines | March 8, 2016
Research-based practices for cultivating awe from the GGSC website Greater Good in Action.
Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
When it comes to romance, do you trust your gut? That might not always be the best approach.
Articles: Four Great Gratitude StrategiesBy Juliana Breines | June 30, 2015
Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Articles: Can an Online Course Boost Happiness?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Juliana Breines | April 22, 2015
Based on the results from our “Science of Happiness” class, the answer seems to be Yes!
See how the happiness levels of students in our online course vary depending on where they live.
Articles: Four Reasons to Stay SingleBy Juliana Breines | October 29, 2014
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your RelationshipBy Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
Articles: Why Do We Blame Victims?By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014
Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.
Articles: Are Some Social Ties Better Than Others?By Juliana Breines | March 11, 2014
Which is more important: your spouse or your Facebook friends? A social psychologist says we need both, for weak ties can make us strong—and sometimes strong ties can make us weak.
Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.
Articles: Five Ways to Ease Your EnvyBy Juliana Breines | August 1, 2013
What can we do to disarm the green-eyed monster when it strikes?
Articles: Is It Possible to Love All Humanity?By Juliana Breines | January 14, 2013
Qualities like gender, ethnicity, and nationality tend to define us more than being human. What happens when we try to identify with all of humanity?
Articles: What Does “Good” Feel Like to You?By Juliana Breines | December 12, 2012
Do you prefer to be relaxed or enthusiastic, peaceful or elated? Your preferred emotional states may seem individual, but research suggests they are largely shaped by culture.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
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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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