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.
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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.
A new study suggests that experience trumps intellectual knowledge when it comes to fostering compassion.
Articles: Happiness Greatest HitsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 20, 2015
Today is the UN's International Day of Happiness! To celebrate, here's a list of some of our most illuminating and helpful happiness research, tools, and tips.
To deal life's challenges, we need resources. Rick Hanson explains how to find the ones that lie inside yourself.
Articles: Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 7, 2015
Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
How does your family know how to push your buttons? Because they installed them. Here's how to take stress out of the holidays.
We think of kindness as something we do for others. But Rick Hanson says kindness is a two-way street.
Research has found that boys can connect emotionally with others at a very deep level—we just have to make it safe for them to do so.
Articles: Is Kindness Physically Attractive?By Scott Barry Kaufman | October 15, 2014
A new study suggests that strengthening the content of your character can make you beautiful.
Articles: What is a Good Life?By Jill Suttie | October 1, 2014
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.
Articles: Eight Keys to End BullyingBy Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
Putting something off can trigger a downward negative spiral. But a recent study suggests that being kind to yourself can help you achieve your goals.
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.
A new study explores if moment-to-moment, nonjudgemental awareness can help people caring for profoundly disabled children.
Rick Hanson says we have a lot to gain by cultivating the ability to see other people's pain.
Articles: What Makes a Compassionate Man?By Kozo Hattori | April 1, 2014
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
Articles: How to Foster Generosity in StudentsBy Vicki Zakrzewski | December 18, 2013
Science-based suggestions for keeping your students’ holiday spirit going throughout the year.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.
Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?
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