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Articles: Why Humans Need SurpriseBy Jill Suttie | April 24, 2015
A new book argues that surprise, whether good or bad, is critical for bringing vitality to our lives.
Articles: My Trouble With MindfulnessBy Jill Suttie | February 9, 2015
Jill Suttie knows the benefits of mindfulness, but she still doesn't practice it. What holds her back?
Articles: Why We Love MusicBy Jill Suttie | January 12, 2015
Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2014By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 8, 2014
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: The Social ArtistBy Jill Suttie | September 23, 2014
A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.
Articles: How Your Teen Can Thrive OnlineBy Diana Divecha | March 18, 2014
Two new books look at how the Internet is affecting teens—and what adults can do to help foster a healthy online life for kids.
Raising Happiness: Is Your Marriage Losing its Luster?By Christine Carter | January 28, 2014
Three easy ways to make it feel like new love
Articles: A Journey into the Teenage BrainBy Diana Divecha | January 27, 2014
Daniel Siegel's new book reveals the "power and purpose" of the adolescent brain.
Raising Happiness: Tablet and Smartphone Boot Camp for Middle School ParentsBy Christine Carter | November 26, 2013
‘Tis the season for electronic gifts. But these days, parents need to provide their kids with much more than batteries for all their devices.
Raising Happiness: How to Help Kids Adjust to CollegeBy Christine Carter | October 28, 2013
Four ways to support new college students who are experiencing a rocky transition.
Raising Happiness: How to Eliminate “Junk Stimulus”By Christine Carter | October 15, 2013
Reigning in clutter adds ease to your life.
Raising Happiness: How to Avoid Burnout—or a BreakdownBy Christine Carter | October 7, 2013
Three ways working parents can combat exhaustion that don’t require radical social change.
Raising Happiness: Would Working Less Make You Happier?By Christine Carter | September 23, 2013
Is it even possible to work less in today’s economy?
Raising Happiness: Are you Maxed Out?By Christine Carter | September 16, 2013
Many American moms are on the brink of breakdown. Are you?
Raising Happiness: Passion + Adversity = Success?By Christine Carter | September 9, 2013
Raising Happiness: The Quiet Secret to SuccessBy Christine Carter | September 2, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part 2 in a 3 part series. Click here to read Part 1.
Raising Happiness: A New Theory of Elite PerformanceBy Christine Carter | August 26, 2013
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part one in a three-part series.
Raising Happiness: Advice for New ParentsBy Christine Carter | August 12, 2013
An open letter to my brother and his wife, who are expecting their first baby--a boy!!!--this fall.
Raising Happiness: It’s Summertime: Let’s Play!By Christine Carter | July 15, 2013
Don’t squander your summer at work or at summer school -- you’ll miss all the best benefits
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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