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In a New York Times essay, the bestselling author criticizes the “selfish side” of thankfulness. But does she misread the research?
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
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: 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.
Articles: Three Reasons to Raise Grateful KidsBy Shuka Kalantari | November 19, 2015
Here's what Shuka Kalantari learned from researching the science of gratitude while raising a toddler.
Articles: The Trouble with Thanksgiving GratitudeBy Kira M. Newman | November 18, 2015
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
A new study suggests that "thank you" can protect marriages from the toxic effects of conflict.
Articles: What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like?By Adam Hoffman | November 16, 2015
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
Articles: What a Greater Good School Looks LikeBy Vicki Zakrzewski | October 27, 2015
One school in India is cultivating the well-being of students by implementing Greater Good Science Center practices.
Articles: Say Thank You, Change Your LifeBy Jill Suttie | September 15, 2015
A new book takes the reader through a year of looking on the bright side.
A recent study revealed that rediscovering mundane experiences can make us happier than we think they will. Here are tips for making that happen.
Articles: Four Great Gratitude StrategiesBy Juliana Breines | June 30, 2015
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.
Articles: Gratitude for DadBy Janice Kaplan | June 18, 2015
Inspired by the forthcoming book The Gratitude Diaries, 98 young filmmakers created "thank you" videos for their fathers. Here are the best!
Articles: What Makes Us Thankful?By Art Markman | April 20, 2015
A recent study suggests that a belief in the free will of other people is key to our ability to feel gratitude when they do something to help us out.
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.
Videos and Podcasts: Gratitude is Good for AthletesBy Teri McKeever | March 26, 2015
In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Teri McKeever explains why gratitude is good for athletes, and how she has tried to foster it as an Olympic and collegiate swim coach.
Articles: Where Can We Find Sustainable Happiness?By Sarah van Gelder | March 12, 2015
Our society has become addicted to short-term happiness. But there's a better way, argues Sarah van Gelder.
Articles: What Makes a Great Workplace?By Jill Suttie | February 25, 2015
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
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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