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Articles: How Our Bodies React to Seeing GoodnessBy Jill Suttie | May 12, 2015
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Articles: Why People Make Sacrifices for OthersBy Josh Elmore | April 29, 2015
A new study asks: Is costly altruism motivated more by self-centered distress or a compassionate desire to relieve another person’s pain?
To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.
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.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Five Ways to Get the Gift RightBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 15, 2014
Do presents make you anxious? Here are research-based techniques to help bring joy back into the holidays.
Articles: Why Happiness is the Wrong PursuitBy Christine Carter | December 11, 2014
The way to lead a joyful life is not to pursue happiness for ourselves, argues Christine Carter, but to pursue it for others
Videos and Podcasts: Making Gratitude ViralBy Nipun Mehta | October 8, 2014
At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Nipun Mehta explores how we can help more people to embrace giving and gratitude.
Articles: What is a Good Life?By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014
A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Articles: How to Foster Generosity in StudentsBy Vicki Zakrzewski | December 18, 2013
Science-based suggestions for keeping your students’ holiday spirit going throughout the year.
Articles: How Stories Change the BrainBy Paul J. Zak | December 17, 2013
Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
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: Five Myths about GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 21, 2013
Does gratitude make us lazy? Naive? Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, debunks some common myths and misconceptions.
Articles: Compassionate Mind, Healthy BodyBy Emma Seppala | July 24, 2013
Compassion research is at a tipping point: Overwhelming evidence suggests compassion is good for our health and good for the world.
Articles: How to Make Giving Feel GoodBy Elizabeth W. Dunn, Michael I. Norton | June 18, 2013
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
Articles: Do Givers Get Ahead?By Jill Suttie | May 1, 2013
It's the givers, not the takers, who thrive the most in business, argues a new book.
Articles: 10 Ways to Get Ahead through GivingBy Adam Grant | April 22, 2013
Adam Grant's research shows that "givers" rise to the top of the success ladder. Here's how you can make giving a way of life.
Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.
Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health.
A new study finds that the sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes.
Want more of that coveted state of ease, brilliance, and hyper-productivity? Here’s how to get it.
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