Adam Hoffman is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
Stories by Adam Hoffman
New research suggests that mindfulness helps college students bounce back from poor performance and self-criticism.
Two new studies suggest that mindful people have a lower risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
Articles: What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like?By Adam Hoffman | November 16, 2015
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
Articles: How Mindfulness Improves SleepBy Adam Hoffman | October 19, 2015
Work can be stressful. A new study suggests that even short meditation training can reduce stress and improve sleep quality.
Articles: How Awe Makes Us GenerousBy Adam Hoffman | August 3, 2015
A new study finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
Articles: When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can HealBy Adam Hoffman | August 22, 2013
A new neuroscientific study shows that compassion training can help us cope with other people's distress.
A new study is the first to find that happy people have less risk of a heart attack--even if their family history puts them at high risk.
A new study shows how receiving gratitude improves people's attitudes toward their relationship.
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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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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