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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 San Francisco Chronicle and Utne Reader, among other publications, and he writes regularly for the opinion section of CNN.com.

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

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?

 
Relationship Happiness with Sharkee

Articles: Honorable Mentions in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 19, 2012

These entries offer quick recipes for happiness: nature, supportive relationships, altruism, and kittens.

 
What Makes Me Happy?

Articles: The Runners-Up in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 18, 2012

Watch them all for a major boost of happiness!

 
A scene from Bill's Story, the winner of our happiness video competition.

Articles: The Winner of Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition: “Bill’s Story”

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2012

Check out this engaging tale of paper dolls, modern life, and the secret to true happiness.

 
Caine Monroy, creator of the most famous cardboard arcade on the planet.

Articles: Lessons in Creativity from Caine’s Arcade

By Jason Marsh | May 1, 2012

The latest viral video sensation is more than a portrait of a cute and creative kid. It's a guide to how we can nurture kids' imagination.

 
V.S. Ramachandran

Articles: Do Mirror Neurons Give Us Empathy?

By Jason Marsh | March 29, 2012

Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran explains what mirror neurons tell us—and what they don't—about empathy and other skills.

 

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