Spring 2008 (Volume IV, Issue 4)
Let’s Play! Why We Need to Have More Fun
Research shows that play is essential to healthy social, emotional, and academic development, but kids today are doing less and less of it. This issue of Greater Good explores why play is so important—for kids and adults— and how we can bring it back.
From The Editors
Alien Kindness (02)By | March 1, 2008
How can scientists beam altruism into outer space?
Friend or Family? (03)By | March 1, 2008
States of Sadness (04)By | March 1, 2008
Hot to Help (12)By | March 1, 2008
When can empathy move us to action?
Playing Doctor (13)By | March 1, 2008
An Interview with Patch Adams
Can We Play? (14)By | March 1, 2008
Play is essential to positive human development, but kids are playing less and less, says psychologist David Elkind. What can we do to build a new culture of play?
Playing for Peace (15)By | March 1, 2008
Games Animals Play (16)By | March 1, 2008
Animal play is serious business, say scientists Lee Alan Dugatkin and Sarina Rodrigues.
Are today’s parents afraid to let their kids play on their own? Jill Suttie tries to strike a balance between safety, freedom, and success.
The Wild Ones (18)By | March 1, 2008
Throughout American history, adults have tried to control children’s play. But Howard P. Chudacoff argues that in the end, the kids will always win.
Video games stand accused of causing obesity, violence, and lousy grades. But new research paints a surprisingly complicated and positive picture, reports Jeremy Adam smith.
It’s normal and healthy for children to have imaginary friends, explain Marjorie Taylor and Alison B. Shawber. But what do these friends say about the children who create them?
You’re It! (22)By | March 1, 2008
Play isn’t just for kids, reports Karen Solomon
To understand the human potential for peace, we have to learn three simple truths about forgiveness and revenge.
The Postpartum Brain (24)By | March 1, 2008
New research casts light on the depression and troubling thoughts many mothers experience after childbirth. And it may help erase some of the stigma they feel says Anna J. Abramson
We tend to think of the hero as a man in a dramatic situation, running into a burning building to save someone. But what does the heroism of women look like?
Tools for the Greater Good
Knowledge is Power (20)By | March 1, 2008
Digital Divides (25)By | March 1, 2008
A Review of Republic.com 2.0 and Digital Citizenship
Republic.com 2.0 By Cass Sunstein Princeton University Press, 2007, 272 pages
Digital Citizenship By Karen Mossberger, Caroline J. Tolbert, and Ramona S. MCNeal The MIT Press, 2007, 272 pages
By Sonja Lyubomirsky
The Penguin Press, 2007, 366 pages
Forgive For love: The missing ingredient for a healthy and lasting relationship
By Fred Luskin
HarperOne, 2007, 240 pages
The Path to Purpose: Helping our children find their calling in life
By William Damon
Free Press, 2008, 240 pages
Book Review: Giving (29)By | March 1, 2008
Giving: How each of us can change the world
By Bill Clinton
Knopf, 2007, 256 pages
Ideas for the Greater Good
Worlds Without War (31)By | March 1, 2008
An Idea For The Greater Good
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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