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In two high-profile cases of mass murder, some have argued that survivors and victims' families need the death penalty for a sense of closure. But is that really true?
Articles: Just One Thing: Forgive YourselfBy Rick Hanson | June 25, 2015
Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!
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!
The Insight Prison Project helps incarcerated men learn new emotional skills in order to succeed in and out of prison. But it can also help crime survivors.
Articles: How to Help a Narcissist to ForgiveBy Linda Graham | April 14, 2015
Narcissists struggle to forgive people for even minor transgressions. But a new study points the way forward.
Articles: How Science Helps Us Find the GoodBy Jeremy Adam Smith | April 9, 2015
Looking back at 10 years of writing about the science of human goodness for Greater Good, Jeremy Adam Smith discovers that the bad and good—and the inner and outer—go hand in hand.
Articles: Why Evolution Made Forgiveness DifficultBy Anthony C. Lopez | March 24, 2015
Nature endowed humanity with both revenge and forgiveness as tools of conflict resolution. But why does one seem so much harder than the other?
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Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.
Articles: Facing Fear, Facing ForgivenessBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014
Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Articles: Forgive Yourself, Save Your RelationshipBy Juliana Breines | May 14, 2014
Recent research suggests that forgiving yourself for your own mistakes might be good for your partner, too.
Articles: How to Overcome Barriers to ForgivenessBy Linda Graham | May 13, 2014
It's hard to let go of the suffering caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. What barriers stand in the way of forgiveness—and how can we overcome them?
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 recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.
Articles: Three Ways to Foster a Forgiving SchoolBy Vicki Zakrzewski | February 5, 2014
Research suggests that forgiveness might be an unexpected but powerful way to enhance school culture
Two new studies look at how gratitude, grit, and forgiveness can work together to cut suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Articles: Eight Inspiring Images from 2013By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2013
We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.
Articles: Just One Thing: Transform Ill WillBy Rick Hanson | July 10, 2013
Ill will creates negative, vicious cycles, says Rick Hanson. But with a few simple steps, we can aim our will at creating good feelings.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
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