A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
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Articles: Can a Pill Make You More Compassionate?By Tom Levy | March 25, 2015
A new study suggests that altering the chemical balance in our brains can make us more committed to fairness.
Videos and Podcasts: Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist SocietyBy Tom Gilovich | September 17, 2014
At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the GGSC research fellow explains why consumer society tends to discourage gratitude—and how we can begin to foster a stronger sense of gratefulness.
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.
A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Articles: Markets and Moral LimitsBy Ann Shulman | September 24, 2012
A new book argues that markets have a place—but it's not in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, or families.
A new study says affluent people are less likely to reach out to others in times of chaos.
The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.
The plot of the new film sounds cynical. But it reveals a surprising amount about the science of human goodness.
Seven separate studies by GGSC-affiliated researchers find that upper-class people are more likely to break laws and social customs.
Articles: Fox News: GGSC Fellow Study is “Junk”By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2011
New media coverage of our research ranges from the helpful to the political.
New research by GGSC graduate fellow Jennifer Stellar finds that upper classes are less able to recognize suffering.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Nurturing Moms Are Better than Money
Articles: Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?By Carmen Sobczak | July 26, 2011
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Fear of Being Envied Makes People Help Others
Articles: You Can’t Buy EmpathyBy Jason Marsh | December 14, 2010
New research suggests the rich have a hard time reading others' emotions.
Articles: The Poor Give MoreBy Jason Marsh | August 11, 2010
A new study finds that the rich are less altruistic
Research Digest Items/Studies: Do Our Brains Crave Equality?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Falling Happiness in the Rising Economy of China
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
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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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