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Articles: The Four Keys to Well-BeingBy Richard J. Davidson | March 21, 2016
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Are the Rich Really Less Generous?By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?By BerkeleyWellness, Dacher Keltner | December 17, 2015
Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.
Articles: Nine Tips to Make Your Giving Feel GoodBy Jenny Santi | December 9, 2015
Jenny Santi explains how to minimize the bad and maximize the good of donating your time and money.
Articles: How to Put the Giving into ThanksgivingBy Kira M. Newman | November 24, 2015
Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this Thanksgiving.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
Articles: Can People Change?By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
Articles: How Loved Children Become Giving AdultsBy Josh Elmore | August 20, 2015
A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.
Articles: How Awe Makes Us GenerousBy Adam Hoffman | August 3, 2015
A new study finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
A new study finds the answer may lie with family income.
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.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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