Kira M. Newman
Kira M. Newman writes, edits, and produces content for all of the Greater Good Science Center’s websites, from the magazine to Greater Good in Action to the Science of Happiness MOOC, for which she’s served as course assistant for three semesters. Offline, she is the creator of CaféHappy, a Toronto-based meetup that gathers monthly to discuss how to be happier. Kira comes to GGSC from the world of tech journalism, where she was published in outlets including Social Media Monthly and Tech.co. She spent four years traveling around the world and loves speaking French, swing dancing, and exploring local cafes. Follow her on Twitter!
Stories by Kira M. Newman
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.
According to a new study, reminiscing about certain types of experiences could boost your well-being.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
Articles: Are You a Conformist or a Rebel?By Kira M. Newman | December 23, 2016
According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.
According to a new study, changing your perspective may be helpful in some situations—but not others.
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: How to Journal Through Your StrugglesBy Kira M. Newman | November 17, 2016
Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.
Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.
When the road gets rocky, what do you do?
According to a new study, mindful people might be happier because they act according to their values.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.
Articles: For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t EnoughBy Kira M. Newman | September 20, 2016
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
Could cultivating attention and awareness help teens to stop checking their phones?
Articles: How to Bring Humor to MeditationBy Kira M. Newman | August 25, 2016
A new book teaches mindfulness by emphasizing ease, joy, and jokes.
New research is starting to suggest that mindfulness practice can protect the health and well-being of mothers and their babies.
Articles: The Loneliness of the Modern NomadBy Kira M. Newman | August 5, 2016
A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.
According to a new study, mindfulness may be the key to motivation.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
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- "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
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- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
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