A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
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Articles: Why Cynicism Can Hold You BackBy Kira M. Newman | June 11, 2015
A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!
Articles: The Place of Care in the EconomyBy Jill Suttie | May 4, 2015
A new book brings economists, scientists, and Buddhists together to explore the spiritual dimensions of the economy.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Articles: Markets and Moral LimitsBy Ann Shulman | September 24, 2012
A new book argues that markets have a place—but it's not in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, or families.
Articles: The Cooperative InstinctBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 21, 2012
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.
Articles: Can We Find Morality in a Molecule?By Jill Suttie | July 10, 2012
A new book argues that the success of an economic system may lie with the hormone oxytocin.
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Articles: Selling CompassionBy Jill Suttie | May 31, 2012
A new books explores what happens when corporations turn compassion into a commodity.
Articles: Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?By Carmen Sobczak | July 26, 2011
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
A recent survey looks at the link between money and happiness during hard times.
Articles: The Poor Give MoreBy Jason Marsh | August 11, 2010
A new study finds that the rich are less altruistic
Articles: Wonderfully IrrationalBy Pelin Kesebir | August 10, 2010
A review of The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
Articles: The Economics of HappinessBy John Robbins | July 20, 2010
Research is clear: Money doesn’t buy happiness, reports best-selling author John Robbins. So why do we continue to think that it does?
Videos and Podcasts: The Recession and Your KidsBy Jason Marsh | August 10, 2009
The Greater Good Science Center’s Christine Carter discusses how to talk to kids about financial hardship.
Raising Happiness: Finding the Good in a Bad Economy (there’s a video, too)By Christine Carter | August 10, 2009
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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