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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: Three Reasons to Raise Grateful KidsBy Shuka Kalantari | November 19, 2015
Here's what Shuka Kalantari learned from researching the science of gratitude while raising a toddler.
Articles: Green Cities, Happy CitiesBy Heather Yundt | July 9, 2014
A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.
Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for WeBy Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Articles: Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?By Lisa Bennett | April 17, 2014
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.
Articles: May Education NewsletterBy Vicki Zakrzewski | May 14, 2013
With the re-introduction of Congressman Tim Ryan's social-emotional learning bill, our May newsletter focuses on the wide-ranging benefits of SEL skills for students.
Articles: Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”By Daniel Goleman, Zenobia Barlow, Lisa Bennett | April 18, 2013
Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.
A new book, co-written by Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman, argues that schools are the best places to cultivate an understanding of our relationship to the natural world.
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: 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?
Articles: The Politics of EmpathyBy Jill Suttie | June 17, 2010
Recent books bring empathy out of the lab and into policy debates
Articles: The Hot SpotBy Lisa Bennett | September 1, 2008
Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.
Articles: Sane in the CityBy Christi Chidester, Alex Dixon | December 1, 2007
What do healthy urban neighborhoods look like?
Articles: Can You Do Good by Eating Well?By Peter Singer, Jim Mason | March 1, 2006
A new movement encourages people to eat food that’s grown close to where they live. The food may be fresher and taste better, but Peter Singer and Jim Mason ask if it’s more ethical to eat locally.
Articles: Green PeaceBy Chris Young | September 1, 2004
What could help do the work of medication, meditation, and community police officers? The answer’s in your backyard.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
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