Adam Hoffman is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
Stories by Adam Hoffman
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.
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, explains what he sees as the four science-based keys to well-being.
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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...
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