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
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.
Articles: How to Grow from Your RegretsBy Kira M. Newman | June 20, 2016
According to a new study, self-compassion may help us benefit from regret rather than wallowing in it.
Articles: What Mindfulness Is MissingBy Kira M. Newman | June 9, 2016
According to neurosurgeon Jim Doty, mindfulness and compassion must go hand in hand.
Articles: How Spending Influences HappinessBy Kira M. Newman | June 6, 2016
According to a new study, money can buy well-being—when we buy things that reflect our personality.
Articles: Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016
How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?
According to a new study, reading about scientists’ struggles can help students who aren’t doing so well in science.
Articles: Happy People Don’t Need to Feel SuperiorBy Kira M. Newman | May 9, 2016
A new study suggests that happy people avoid the trap of social comparison.
A Q&A with Charles Duhigg about his new book, Smarter Faster Better.
A new study compares different responses to bullying—and finds that forgiveness may have to wait.
Articles: Four Reasons to Cultivate PatienceBy Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2016
Good things really do come to those who wait.
Articles: Four Reasons to Cultivate Zest in LifeBy Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2016
According to research, the joyful energy of zest is good for your career and your mental health.
Articles: Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter?By Kira M. Newman | March 24, 2016
According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.
Several exercises to help you make the most of the International Day of Happiness.
A new study examines how our Facebook friends respond to negative emotions—and discovers that sharing tough times may bring out the best in them.
Articles: Manage Your Energy, Not Your TimeBy Kira M. Newman | March 1, 2016
The new book “The Happiness Track” explains how to use the science of happiness to preserve your energy and be more productive.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
When your favorite mindfulness app says it’s based in science, check twice. Few actually are.
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