Winter 2009 (Volume V, Issue 3)
Why Make Art?
New research suggests the arts may boost students’ academic performance, but many scientists aren’t convinced. So what are the arts good for these days? This issue considers therapeutic, emotional, cognitive, and other benefits of the arts.
Parents Don’t Preach (02)By | December 1, 2008
How can we get teens to practice safe sex?
Sick with Happiness (03)By | December 1, 2008
What Happy People Do (04)By | December 1, 2008
Sweet Charity (06)By | December 1, 2008
Grow with the Flow (09)By | December 1, 2008
Playing Favorites (10)By | December 1, 2008
Yes, You Can (12)By | December 1, 2008
New research suggests we can build our willpower.
Why We Make Art (13)By | December 1, 2008
Seven artists explain why they write, rap, take photos, draw, dance, and make movies.
Arts and Smarts (14)By | December 1, 2008
At a time when educators are preoccupied with standards, testing, and the bottom line, some researchers suggest the arts can boost students’ test scores; others aren’t convinced. Karin Evans asks, What are the arts good for?
Throughout our history, humans have felt compelled to make art. Ellen Dissanayake explains why.
Wired for Music (16)By | December 1, 2008
Changing our Minds (17)By | December 1, 2008
By imagining many possible worlds, argues novelist and psychologist Keith Oatley, fiction helps us understand ourselves and others.
Art vs. Non-Art (18)By | December 1, 2008
Does Art Heal? (19)By | December 1, 2008
At Shands HealthCare in Florida, artists and physicians have been partners for 18 years, reports Meera Lee Sethi. Their program is helping to prove the clinical benefits of creativity.
Global Compassion (22)By | December 1, 2008
A conversation between the Dalai Lama and Paul Ekman
Can one of the world’s happiest countries survive the 21st century?
Tools for the Greater Good
Everyday Art (21)By | December 1, 2008
Christine Carter reveals six steps for boosting kids' creativity.
Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World
by Malcolm Pott s and Thomas Hayden
Benbella Books, 2008, 457 pages
Violence: A Micro-Sociological Theory
by Randall Co llins
Princeton University Press, 2008, 584 pages
by Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener
Wiley-Blackwell, 2008, 304 pages
by John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick
W.W. Norton & Company, 2008, 317 pages
by Len Fisher
Basic Books, 2008, 288 pages
by Ryan M. Niemiec and Danny Wedding
Hogrefe, 2008, 308 pages
Pop Culture Review
Pop Treatment (29)By | December 1, 2008
How do TV therapy sessions measure up to real life?
Ideas for the Greater Good
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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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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