Jason Marsh

Jason Marsh


Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good and the GGSC’s director of programs. He is also a co-editor of two anthologies of Greater Good articles: The Compassionate Instinct (WW Norton, 2010) and Are We Born Racist? (Beacon Press, 2010). His articles for Greater Good have explored everything from the psychology of the bystander to the reasons why he should finally start meditating. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Utne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of

Previously, he was the managing editor of the political journal The Responsive Community; he has also worked as a reporter and producer at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, as a documentary producer, and as a kindergarten teacher. His first documentary, Unschooled, debuted at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. A graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Jason lives in Berkeley with his wife and daughter.


Stories by Jason Marsh

Carlos Arredondo helps a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. After Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, Arredondo expressed profound ambivalence about the verdict.

Articles: Is Vengeance Better for Victims than Forgiveness?

By Jason Marsh | July 29, 2015

In two high-profile cases of mass murder, some have argued that survivors and victims' families need the death penalty for a sense of closure. But is that really true?


Articles: Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

By Jason Marsh, Vicki Zakrzewski | July 14, 2015

The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.

Protesters in Baltimore take to the streets following the death in police detention of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Articles: Can We Reduce Bias in Criminal Justice?

By Jason Marsh | April 28, 2015

As protests against police killings of unarmed black men sweep the country, Jason Marsh kicks off a new series about the science of implicit bias.


Slide Presentation: The Science of a Meaningful Life: Feeling Good by Doing Good

By Jason Marsh | February 19, 2015

Articles: How Gratitude Beats Materialism

By Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | January 8, 2015

New studies reveal how to deliberately cultivate gratitude in ways that counter materialism and its negative effects.


Articles: Is a Happy Life Different from a Meaningful One?

By Jason Marsh, Jill Suttie | February 25, 2014

A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.


Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2013

By Jason Marsh, Devan Davison, Bianca Lorenz, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | January 2, 2014

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

Daniel Goleman

Articles: Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?

By Jason Marsh | November 14, 2013

An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.

Selma Baraz

Articles: In Memoriam: Selma Baraz

By Jason Marsh | July 29, 2013

A tribute to Selma Baraz, who went from "kvetch" to grateful grandmother.


Articles: How to Train the Compassionate Brain

By Jason Marsh | May 23, 2013

A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.

Five-year-old Will in a scene from Free the Mind.

Articles: Free the Mind: Hope after Trauma

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2013

A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.

Carlos Arredondo, a bystander at the Boston Marathon who rushed to the aid of victims after the explosions.

Articles: Tips for Resilience in the Face of Horror

By Jason Marsh | April 16, 2013

After the Boston Marathon explosions, we are inundated with horrific images of violence and suffering. Here's how to protect our kids--and ourselves--from vicarious trauma.


Articles: Why Lent Makes People Happy (and Netflix Doesn’t)

By Jason Marsh, Robb Willer | March 21, 2013

New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

Articles: Debunking the Myths of Happiness

By Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013

Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.


Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2012

By Jason Marsh, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 3, 2013

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.


Articles: Resources for Helping Children Cope with Trauma

By Jason Marsh | December 17, 2012

Jonathan Haidt

Articles: How Science Can Heal a Divided Electorate

By Jason Marsh | November 7, 2012

How can both parties work together after President Obama's re-election? Psychologist Jonathan Haidt offers some hard advice for liberals and conservatives.


Articles: Why Inequality Is Bad for the One Percent

By Jason Marsh | September 25, 2012

What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.


Articles: Robert Emmons Argues that Gratitude is “Queen of the Virtues”

By Jason Marsh | September 21, 2012

In a new essay for Big Questions Online, he says we overlook gratitude's greatest benefits when we just focus on happiness.

Arturo Bejar, a Facebook engineer who has been leading its "social reporting" project, speaking at Facebook's second Compassion Research Day on July 11.

Articles: Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate?

By Jason Marsh | July 25, 2012

Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?


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