Michael Bergeisen is the host of “The Greater Good Podcast.”
Stories by Michael Bergeisen
Paul Bloom discusses how the psychology of pleasure can explain what we like and why we do good--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: Can We Find Happiness at Work?By Michael Bergeisen | April 1, 2011
Srikumar Rao, the “happiness guru” of the business world, discusses his ideas for finding joy and meaning in your job--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: What Makes a Good Death?By Michael Bergeisen | November 4, 2010
Award-winning New York Times columnist Jane Brody offers lessons for navigating the practical and emotional challenges of end-of-life--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: How to Understand the Tea PartyBy Michael Bergeisen | October 7, 2010
As the political season heats up, psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains why liberals and conservatives don’t understand each other, and how psychological research can help us get past the culture wars—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: The Neuroscience of HappinessBy Michael Bergeisen | September 22, 2010
Best-selling author Rick Hanson explains how we can rewire our brains for lasting happiness—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Articles: Rethinking BuddhismBy Michael Bergeisen | July 29, 2010
Best-selling Buddhist author Stephen Batchelor discusses the interplay between Buddhism and science—part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
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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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program