Melissa Janson is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
Stories by Melissa Janson
A new study shows how the Cultivating Emotional Balance program can help teachers (and the rest of us) reduce stress and cultivate compassion.
Articles: Baby LoveBy Melissa Janson | February 7, 2012
New research suggests the care we receive as infants affects the quality of our relationships as adults.
Articles: Oxytocin: The Holiday HormoneBy Melissa Janson | December 22, 2011
New study: People give more when under the influence of oxytocin.
A new study suggests how people can heal from the end of their marriage.
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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