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Articles: How to Make Dads MemorableBy Scott Behson | June 18, 2015
When so much of the work of parenthood goes unnoticed, how do we remember our fathers on Father's Day?
Articles: You DO Have Time for a Summer VacationBy Christine Carter | June 16, 2015
Many people feel like they have too much work to take a vacation. But research suggests you’ll be happier, healthier, and more productive if you do.
Articles: Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?By Jill Suttie | April 21, 2015
A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.
Articles: How to Help Teens Find PurposeBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
Articles: Measuring Compassion in the BodyBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | March 9, 2015
What happens in Vagus… may make or break compassion.
Articles: How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t SpoiledBy Ron Lieber | February 4, 2015
How can parents help kids have a healthy relationship to money? It starts with overcoming shyness and discomfort about financial issues.
True happiness and satisfaction are found in balance, says Christine Carter, not in the unyielding pursuit of an impossible ideal.
Articles: Four Ways Music Strengthens Social BondsBy Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.
Articles: The Cost of Blaming ParentsBy Joshua Coleman, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Philip A. Cowan | December 23, 2014
Anger toward parents is still at the heart of a great deal of therapy. But has this approach gone too far?
How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.
Articles: The Teenage OpportunityBy Diana Divecha | October 28, 2014
A new book argues that America’s approach to raising adolescents is a mix of misunderstanding and contradiction.
Videos and Podcasts: How Parents Can Foster Gratitude in KidsBy Andrea Hussong | September 24, 2014
At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Andrea Hussong explores the role that parents can play in fostering the development of children’s gratitude.
Articles: What Makes a Happy Parent?By Emily Nauman | August 19, 2014
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to guiding teens’ technology use, but it helps to understand both the technology and normal brain development.
Articles: Mindful Discipline for KidsBy Jill Suttie | June 16, 2014
Psychologist Shauna Shapiro explains how parents can combine firm boundaries with loving connection.
Forget the ties and power tools! New research says that today's dads want something else for Father's Day: paid leave and flextime.
Articles: Seven Keys to a Good DeathBy Charles Garfield | April 30, 2014
Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.
A new study explores if moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness can help people caring for profoundly disabled children.
Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Another school year is over. And just in time, here are activities from our new web resource to help teachers make the most of summer.
Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.
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