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A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
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: 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.
Ten years after the trauma of the hurricane, a study finds that some students are having unexpected success.
Articles: Why Cynicism Can Hold You BackBy Kira M. Newman | June 11, 2015
A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
Articles: How to Help Teens Find PurposeBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
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.
To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.
Articles: How to Increase Compassion at WorkBy Jill Suttie | February 16, 2015
A new program tries to help business leaders to identify and alleviate suffering in the workplace.
A new study suggests how we can reap greater emotional rewards from helping others.
How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2014By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 8, 2014
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.
Articles: Building Empathy in HealthcareBy Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014
A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.
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.
Articles: Seven Keys to a Good DeathBy Charles Garfield | April 30, 2014
Charles Garfield draws on decades of experience to explore how to create the conditions for a good death.
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.
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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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