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If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.
Articles: Who is Happiest?By Tchikima Davis | September 19, 2014
We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."
Articles: Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?By Jill Suttie | September 11, 2014
A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.
Videos and Podcasts: Joy and GraceBy Jack Kornfield | September 9, 2014
In a conversation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, author and Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield discusses how to find grace and joy through gratitude with Brother David Steindl-Rast, author and Benedictine monk.
Articles: What Makes a Happy Parent?By Emily Nauman | August 19, 2014
Are parents really less happy than non-parents, as many recent books and studies have suggested? New research finds that the truth is surprising and complicated.
Articles: Green Cities, Happy CitiesBy Heather Yundt | July 9, 2014
A new study suggests that just moving to a greener urban area improves our mental health for at least three years following the move.
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
Articles: Just One Thing: Be Mind Full of GoodBy Rick Hanson | July 3, 2014
Savoring positive experiences can change the brain for the better, says Rick Hanson.
Articles: Need a Kidney? Go to a Happy StateBy Craig L Anderson | June 13, 2014
A new study suggests that feelings of happiness might actually spur extraordinary acts of altruism.
Articles: Four Ways Sadness May Be Good for YouBy Joseph P. Forgas | June 4, 2014
Scientists are finding out how sadness works in the brain—and they're discovering that it can confer important advantages.
Social science is just beginning to understand how Facebook has changed our social lives since it was born ten years ago.
Articles: Just One Thing: Feel WholeBy Rick Hanson | May 26, 2014
Allowing just a small part of ourselves to take over can lead to mistakes, argues Rick Hanson. Here's how to become whole again.
Raising Happiness: Why I Yell at My KidsBy Christine Carter | April 29, 2014
Do you sometimes yell at your kids, just like Christine Carter? A new book can help.
Articles: How to Make Grateful KidsBy Jill Suttie | April 15, 2014
A new book argues that parents can foster gratitude in kids—but it takes effort and time.
As we age, we tend to shed family and friends—which can hurt our mental and physical health. How can we design communities for seniors that facilitate social connections?
Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in KidsBy Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | March 5, 2014
Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
Articles: When is Parenting All Joy and No Fun?By Jill Suttie | February 20, 2014
A new book explores why contemporary parenthood can be so stressful—and at the same time so meaningful.
Articles: Where to Find Love on FacebookBy Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | February 12, 2014
The GGSC worked with Facebook to develop a new type of emoticon. Can you guess which one proved most popular?
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
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.
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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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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