Jason Marsh is the founding editor in chief of Greater Good. 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).
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: Tips for Keeping a Gratitude JournalBy Jason Marsh | November 17, 2011
Here's a way to be thankful all year long.
Articles: Here’s How Mindful You AreBy Jason Marsh | October 25, 2011
Results from the Greater Good mindfulness quiz.
Articles: Steven Pinker’s History of (Non)ViolenceBy Jason Marsh | October 19, 2011
The psychologist's latest book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, is essential reading for any reader of Greater Good.
Articles: The Grateful DeadBy Jason Marsh | October 11, 2011
Here's what happens when researchers make people visualize their own deaths.
Does empathy lead to altruism? The New York Times columnist gets it wrong.
Research Digest Items/Studies: How Mindfulness Helps Our Brains Focus
Articles: The Surprising Benefits of Playful PapasBy Jason Marsh | June 19, 2011
New research suggests dads who play more with their kids make better husbands. But does it let them off the hook from changing diapers?
Articles: The Dark Side of Emotional IntelligenceBy Jason Marsh | June 9, 2011
A new study suggests EI can be used for evil as well as good.
An interview with Roko Belic, director of the new documentary film Happy.
Articles: Is Happiness Overrated?By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2011
The founder of positive psychology zeroes in on what really matters.
A new study shows how we hunger for social connection.
Articles: Is Gross National Happiness Next?By Jason Marsh | May 2, 2011
New momentum for governments' efforts to track the happiness of their citizens.
Articles: Forgiveness Gets its Close-UpBy Jason Marsh | April 14, 2011
An interview with Helen Whitney, director of the new PBS documentary, Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.
Greater Good's Jason Marsh writes on CNN.com that sharing the latest Mega Millions jackpot might bring the winners more happiness than keeping the prize all to themselves.
Articles: Have You Helped Someone Today?By Jason Marsh | March 15, 2011
Tell us how--and enjoy a helper's high.
Articles: Does Sharing Come Naturally to Kids?By Jason Marsh | February 24, 2011
Believe it or not, a new study suggests young kids have a strong tendency to cooperate.
Articles: Fake Smiles May Be Bad for Your HealthBy Jason Marsh | February 22, 2011
A new study suggests how our facial expressions affect our happiness.
Articles: Happy: The MovieBy Jason Marsh | February 17, 2011
Sneak preview of new documentary on the science of happiness.
Articles: A Little Meditation Goes a Long WayBy Jason Marsh | February 9, 2011
A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Is Empathy on the Decline?
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.
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Friday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute will equip educators with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and teachers. Registration is now closed.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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