There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.
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Articles: Does Self-Compassion Make You Selfish?By Jill Suttie | December 5, 2016
A new study suggests that self-compassion makes you hold yourself to a higher standard of morality.
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: Reflecting on Your Basic GoodnessBy Richard J. Davidson | January 4, 2012
A neuroscientist suggests an alternative to the New Year’s resolution.
Articles: How Good News Can Inspire Good DeedsBy Carmen Sobczak | July 11, 2011
A recent study suggests how acts of kindness can have a far-reaching ripple effect.
Articles: What Makes a Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 18, 2011
We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it.
Videos and Podcasts: The Truth about Good and EvilBy Philip Zimbardo | January 10, 2011
Philip Zimbardo argues that there are no fixed boundaries between “good” and “bad” people.
Articles: The Banality of HeroismBy Zeno Franco, Philip Zimbardo | September 1, 2006
Circumstances can force almost anyone to be a bystander to evil, but they can also bring out our own inner hero. Zeno Franco and Philip Zimbardo show how we’re all capable of everyday heroism.
Articles: Courage Under FireBy Svetlana Broz | September 1, 2006
When the Bosnian civil war broke out, Svetlana Broz searched for the humanity behind the horrific headlines. She found stories of people who risked their lives to help victims of the war—and who inspired others to follow their example.
Articles: We Are All BystandersBy Jason Marsh, Dacher Keltner | September 1, 2006
But we don’t have to be. Dacher Keltner and Jason Marsh explain why we sometimes shackle our moral instincts, and how we can set them free.
Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
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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