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
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.
Articles: How Love Can Survive DeathBy Kira M. Newman | February 12, 2016
According to a new study, the link between two partners’ well-being isn’t weakened when one passes away.
Research reveals how stress can get between you and your partner, and how to stay connected amid the chaos.
Articles: Friends Help Our Health As We AgeBy Kira M. Newman | February 2, 2016
A new study suggests that the quality of adult relationships matters more to our health than their quantity.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
Articles: Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your RelationshipBy Kira M. Newman | January 6, 2016
A new study finds that men can shut down in the face of a romantic partner’s stress. Is there another way?
Articles: To Change Yourself, Change Your WorldBy Kira M. Newman | December 31, 2015
If you want to keep a New Year's resolution, says the research, start by changing your environment.
After a tragedy like the Paris attacks, kids will have questions. How do we respond?
Articles: How to Put the Giving into ThanksgivingBy Kira M. Newman | November 24, 2015
Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this Thanksgiving.
Articles: The Trouble with Thanksgiving GratitudeBy Kira M. Newman | November 18, 2015
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
A recent study finds that client satisfaction goes up when employees cultivate moment-to-moment awareness.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
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