Stacey Kennelly is a Greater Good editorial assistant.
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Articles: Smile! It’s Good for Your HeartBy Stacey Kennelly | September 5, 2012
A new study suggests smiles—the more genuine, the better—help you bounce back from stress.
Articles: Can Awe Buy You More Time and Happiness?By Stacey Kennelly | August 17, 2012
A study shows feeling awe can make people feel like they have more time, and might make them more likely to help others.
Articles: 12 Steps to HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | August 9, 2012
A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.
Articles: How to Be Happy: The Fine PrintBy Stacey Kennelly | August 8, 2012
Positive psychology has identified ways people can increase their happiness. But what happiness habits are right for you?
We get plenty of advice for coping with life’s negative events. But can we deliberately enhance the impact of good things on our lives?
Articles: Educating for EmpathyBy Stacey Kennelly | July 18, 2012
More and more educators are helping kids develop empathy—and a recent contest highlights some of the most inspiring projects.
Articles: Happiness is about Respect, not RichesBy Stacey Kennelly | July 13, 2012
A study shows that admiration from peers—not wealth or economic status—is what really makes us happy.
A new study suggests people are happier when they take time to appreciate the good things in life.
Articles: The Genetics of HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | June 29, 2012
A new study of twins sheds light on the complex links between biology and happiness.
Articles: What Motivates Kids to Help Others?By Stacey Kennelly | June 19, 2012
A new study suggests even toddlers are motivated by compassion rather than the desire to get credit for good deeds.
Articles: Does Playing Music Boost Kids’ Empathy?By Stacey Kennelly | June 8, 2012
A new study suggests it does, at least when practiced in a group.
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
Results from the Greater Good "Love of Humanity" quiz.
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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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