Fall 2008 (Volume V, Issue 2)
Who Do You Trust?
Trust is essential to families, friendships, governments, businesses, and even the global economy—and yet it has been declining for years. This issue of Greater Good explores why trust is so important, and how we can rebuild it.
From The Editors
Spent (02)By | September 1, 2008
New research explores why misery is not miserly.
By the Numbers (03)By | September 1, 2008
Staying Single, Staying Healthy
Love’s a funny thing (04)By | September 1, 2008
How was your day? (05)By | September 1, 2008
Sharp and Social (08)By | September 1, 2008
A new book and CD help students build emotional intelligence.
Truth in the Balance (11)By | September 1, 2008
An Interview with psychologist and author Steven Pinker
America’s Trust Fall (12)By | September 1, 2008
Trust is essential to strong relationships and a healthy society, but it has been declining for decades, report Pamela Paxton and Jeremy Adam Smith. How can America learn to trust again?
Brain Trust (14)By | September 1, 2008
Trust is not irrational or illusory, explains Michael Kosfeld. It’s a biologically-based part of human nature.
Trust for Happiness (15)By | September 1, 2008
Can I Trust You? (16)By | September 1, 2008
A conversation between world-renowned psychologist Paul Ekman and his daughter Eve, with Jason Marsh.
Life Stages of Trust (17)By | September 1, 2008
Surviving Betrayal (18)By | September 1, 2008
Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.
In Faces We Trust (19)By | September 1, 2008
First impressions can decisively shape political elections, says Anna J. Abramson. What does that say about democracy?
The Greatest Test (21)By | September 1, 2008
Forgiveness improves health and strengthens relationships. But can it help heal the scars of civil war?
The Hot Spot (22)By | September 1, 2008
Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.
Tools for the Greater Good
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
By Dan Ariely
Harper Collins, 2008, 304 pages
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
By Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Yale University Press, 2008, 304 pages
Book Review: Human (24)By | September 1, 2008
by Michael Gazzaniga
Ecco, 2008, 464 pages
By Samuel P. Oliner, assisted by Piotr Olaf Zylicz
Paragon House, 2008, 328 pages
by George E. Vaillant
Broadway Books, 2008, 228 pages
Times Books, 2008, 288 pages
Pop Culture Review
Ideas for the Greater Good
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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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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