Fall 2004 (Volume I, Issue 2)


Why to Forgive

This issue of Greater Good features a series of essays about forgiveness. Leading scientists present ground-breaking evidence of how forgiving can improve personal health and strengthen social bonds, Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses the moral and political reasons for forgiving, and people from different walks of life share their stories of forgiveness. The issue also includes an interview with former United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the relationship between social justice and social empathy.

Buy this back issue


From The Editors

From the Editors: Fall 2004 (01)

By Dacher Keltner, Jason Marsh | September 1, 2004


In Brief

Wealth and Health (02)

By | September 1, 2004


The Right Touch (03)

By | September 1, 2004


How to Befriend People You Don’t Like (04)

By | September 1, 2004



The Cost of Apathy (05)

By | September 1, 2004

An interview with Robert Reich.



The New Science of Forgiveness (06)

By | September 1, 2004

Everett L. Worthington, Jr. has dedicated his career to the study of forgiveness. He has found that it carries tremendous health and social benefits—and he's taken his research to heart.


Life Science (07)

By | September 1, 2004


Is Anything Unforgivable? (08)

By | September 1, 2004


Truth and Reconciliation (09)

By | September 1, 2004

Forgiveness is not just personally rewarding. It's also a political necessity, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He explains how forgiveness allowed South Africans to imagine a new beginning-one based on honesty, peace, and compassion.


Making Change (10)

By | September 1, 2004


The Choice to Forgive (11)

By | September 1, 2004

Forgiveness takes practice, says Fred Luskin, but it's a skill almost anyone can learn. He shares his research-tested method for helping people give up their grudges.

Jordan's King Abdullah II and President Bush in the White House Rose Garden discussing the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison with the media on May 6, 2004.

Making Peace Through Apology (13)

By | September 1, 2004

There's more than one way to say "I'm sorry," according to apology expert Aaron Lazare. Some apologies encourage forgiveness and reconciliation; others only make things worse. Here's how to tell the difference.

Linda Lantieri (left), the founder of Project Renewal, with high school principal Ada Rosario Dolch.

Caring for the Caregivers (15)

By | September 1, 2004

To help teachers deal with the stress of their job, new programs are drawing on some unconventional—and research-tested—techniques.

The "Peace Mural" painted across the street from Norwood Street Elementary School. It spans two walls formerly covered by grafitti.

Gaming the School System (16)

By | September 1, 2004

Thanks to one program, students have found that resolving their differences can be all fun and games.

Human-Environment Research Laboratory co-director, Frances Kuo.

Green Peace (17)

By | September 1, 2004

What could help do the work of medication, meditation, and community police officers? The answer’s in your backyard.


Tools for the Greater Good

Nine Steps to Forgiveness (12)

By | September 1, 2004


What an Apology Must Do (14)

By | September 1, 2004


Book Reviews

Book Review: The Anatomy of Hope (18)

By | September 1, 2004

by Jerome Groopman
Random House, 2004, 248 pages


Book Review: Resiliency (19)

By | September 1, 2004

by Bonnie Benard
WestEd, 2004, 148 pages


Book Review: Making Good (20)

By | September 1, 2004

by Wendy Fischman, Becca Solomon, DeborahGreenspan, and Howard Gardner
Harvard University Press, 2004, 208 pages


Book Review: The Psychology of Gratitude (21)

By | September 1, 2004

Edited by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough
Oxford University Press, 2004, 368 pages


Ideas for the Greater Good

Any Volunteers? (22)

By | September 1, 2004

Why Americans need more chances to serve their country—and each other.




Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017
Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017 OR Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips education professionals with prosocial learning strategies, tools and processes that benefit both students and teachers.


Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!


Watch Greater Good Videos

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.


Greater Good Resources


Book of the Week

Roots of Empathy By Mary Gordon Mary Gordon explains how best to nurture empathy and social emotional literacy in all children—and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.

Is she flirting with you? Take the quiz and find out.
"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

thnx advertisement