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Articles: The Evolution of GratitudeBy Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017
How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.
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Articles: How to Reduce Rudeness in the WorkplaceBy Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
Articles: How to Help Kids Learn to Love GivingBy Jason Marsh | December 14, 2016
Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).
Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2016By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
According to a new study, generous businesses inspire individuals to give, too—thanks to one particular emotion.
Articles: When Women Are More Likely to LieBy Pamela Tom | October 24, 2016
A new study reveals how gender and social pressure drive unethical decisions.
Articles: How to Raise an EnvironmentalistBy Jill Suttie | September 14, 2016
Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.
Articles: Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?By Sophie H. Janicke | September 13, 2016
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
Articles: Altruists Have More SexBy Tom Jacobs | September 12, 2016
According to a new study, people who give more get more (if you know what we mean).
Articles: How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity?By Adam Hoffman | July 25, 2016
A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.
Videos and Podcasts: Can Awe Combat Narcissism?By Paul Piff | July 21, 2016
Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, explores his research linking awe to kind, generous behavior.
Videos and Podcasts: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Awe-Inspiring Power of FaithBy Jakada Imani | July 21, 2016
Jakada Imani, director of capacity building initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy, explores how spirituality helps us find our place in the universe and inspires us to do good.
Articles: What Motivates You to Be Generous?By Sharon Begley | July 14, 2016
Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.
Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.
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.
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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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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