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Articles: Where Does Kindness Come From?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 5, 2016
A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
Articles: The Right Way to Get Angry at WorkBy Deanna Geddes, Dirk Lindebaum | April 19, 2016
Anger has a place at work, Deanna Geddes and Dirk Lindebaum argue, as long as it meets three conditions.
Articles: How Altruistic is Your Brain?By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2016
A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.
A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.
New research is finding that being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful.
Articles: Altruism is SexyBy Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016
In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
Articles: Are the Rich Really Less Generous?By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: Five Research-Based Ways to Say NoBy Christine Carter | November 25, 2015
It's easy to feel overtaxed at the end of the year. Christine Carter explains how to set some boundaries (nicely).
Articles: How to Put the Giving into ThanksgivingBy Kira M. Newman | November 24, 2015
Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this Thanksgiving.
Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
Articles: Can People Change?By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Articles: What Drives Selfless Acts?By Nathan Collins | July 20, 2015
Altruism has stumped researchers for years, but a new study finds that it may be as simple as choosing to be generous.
A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.
Articles: Racism is Not a Mental IllnessBy Jeremy Adam Smith | June 22, 2015
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
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