Greater Good's Jason Marsh writes on CNN.com that sharing the latest Mega Millions jackpot might bring the winners more happiness than keeping the prize all to themselves.
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A study suggests that a single word can compel us to help others.
Articles: Have You Helped Someone Today?By Jason Marsh | March 15, 2011
Tell us how--and enjoy a helper's high.
Want to live a longer, healthier life? Stephen G. Post explains how to reap the benefits of practicing altruism.
Articles: A Call to CompassionBy Jill Suttie | March 10, 2011
A review of Karen Armstrong's 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life.
Articles: Do We Do Good to Look Good?By Bernie Wong | March 1, 2011
A recent study suggests that a hunger for status can make us go green.
Articles: Does Sharing Come Naturally to Kids?By Jason Marsh | February 24, 2011
Believe it or not, a new study suggests young kids have a strong tendency to cooperate.
Articles: Is There an Altruism Gene?By Kristi Eaton | January 26, 2011
A recent study suggests how our generosity is influenced by our genes.
Articles: What Makes a Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 18, 2011
We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it.
Videos and Podcasts: What Makes A Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 17, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explores what research knows about who becomes a hero—and why they act heroically.
Videos and Podcasts: Heroic Imagination ProjectBy Philip Zimbardo | January 16, 2011
Philip Zimbardo describes his new program to help people find their inner hero.
Videos and Podcasts: A Study of EvilBy Philip Zimbardo | January 12, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explains how his infamous Stanford Prison Experiment illuminates the horrors of Abu Ghraib and the psychology of evil.
Videos and Podcasts: The Truth about Good and EvilBy Philip Zimbardo | January 10, 2011
Philip Zimbardo argues that there are no fixed boundaries between “good” and “bad” people.
Articles: 5 Ways Giving Is Good for YouBy Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh | December 13, 2010
Jason Marsh and Jill Suttie offer added incentives to get into the holiday spirit.
Videos and Podcasts: Holiday Traditions that Raise HappinessBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 6, 2010
Stressors increase during the holidays, but some holiday traditions make us happier than others.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Holiday Traditions that Raise HappinessBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | December 6, 2010
Combat holiday stress with positive tradtions
Raising Happiness: Teenagers: Are Yours More Entitled Than Grateful?By Christine Carter | November 18, 2010
When gratitude is a good idea that doesn’t work
Articles: Why Gratitude Is GoodBy Robert Emmons | November 16, 2010
Need some motivation for practicing gratitude this Thanksgiving? Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, reveals why gratitude is good for our bodies, our minds, and our relationships.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Happiness Make Us Selfish?
Raising Happiness: The Science of HappinessBy Christine Carter | October 19, 2010
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Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
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- "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”...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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