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Articles: What Motivates You to Be Generous?By Sharon Begley | July 14, 2016
Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.
Articles: A Simple Way to Foster Kindness in KidsBy Jenn Director Knudsen | July 11, 2016
According to a new study, we can encourage kids to be generous by reminding them of their past kindnesses.
Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
Articles: Why Do We Feel Awe?By Dacher Keltner | May 10, 2016
According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It's good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.
Articles: Where Does Kindness Come From?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 5, 2016
A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.
Articles: Are Boundaries Overrated?By Diana Divecha | April 22, 2016
A new book says it’s time for Americans to make more time for their relationships—and not worry so much about independence.
Several exercises to help you make the most of the International Day of Happiness.
New research is finding that being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful.
Articles: What if Schools Taught Kindness?By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
Tim Desmond offers practical strategies from his new book on integrating the science of self-compassion into clinical treatment.
Articles: Altruism is SexyBy Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016
In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: Kind Kids Lead to Healthier CommunitiesBy Emily Campbell | December 16, 2015
A new study suggests that cultivating “pro-social” skills in schools might benefit public health and safety.
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.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Articles: How Kindness Can Define Who You AreBy Nathan Collins | August 24, 2015
Research on neurodegenerative diseases suggests that identity Is lost without a moral compass.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.
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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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