A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
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Articles: Six Ways to Help People ChangeBy Art Markman | March 7, 2016
If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.
Articles: To Change Yourself, Change Your WorldBy Kira M. Newman | December 31, 2015
If you want to keep a New Year's resolution, says the research, start by changing your environment.
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.
Articles: How to Avoid the Empathy TrapBy Robin Stern, Diana Divecha | July 7, 2015
Do you prioritize other people's feelings over your own? You might be falling into the "empathy trap."
Articles: Can Neuroscience Help Tune Your Brain?By Jill Suttie | June 26, 2015
A new book explains why we sometimes seem to act against our own best interest—and what we can do to change course.
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: My Trouble With MindfulnessBy Jill Suttie | February 9, 2015
Jill Suttie knows the benefits of mindfulness, but she still doesn't practice it. What holds her back?
Articles: How to Find Your Sweet SpotBy Jill Suttie | January 21, 2015
Jill Suttie talks with the GGSC's Christine Carter about her new book.
New studies predict that you will be happier if you check your phone less. But how?
Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.
It's easy to make New Year resolutions. The trick lies in keeping them!
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Why Empathy MattersBy Jill Suttie | November 21, 2014
A new book argues that empathy can be a radical force for social change.
Articles: Gratitude Greatest HitsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2014
During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!
Videos and Podcasts: Can Gratitude Help People with Heart Disease?By Jeff Huffman | September 17, 2014
In a presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Jeff Huffman of Harvard Medical School describes his study of the role that gratitude can play in the healing process following an acute illness.
Videos and Podcasts: Gratitude in Your BrainBy Christina Karns | September 15, 2014
In a presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Christina M. Karns of the University of Oregon describes her research into the relationship between gratitude, social reasoning, decision-making, and the brain.
About half of substance abusers who enter treatment use again within a year. Can it help to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness?
Articles: Six Habits of Highly Grateful PeopleBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 20, 2013
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
A new study is the first to find that happy people have less risk of a heart attack--even if their family history puts them at high risk.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
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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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