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Articles: What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016
A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.
Articles: How Purity Divides UsBy Emily Gersema | February 26, 2016
A study of moral values reveals issues related to purity can determine how close—or how far—we want to be with someone in social and political circles.
A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.
Articles: How Fear Hurts UsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2015
In the wake of terrorist attacks, American politicians are stoking fear of Muslims. But there's another, better way to respond to violence, argues Jeremy Adam Smith
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Attention is the Secret to VirtueBy Art Markman | November 6, 2015
You don't necessarily need to convince people to change their behavior. You might just need to get them to pay attention to what they're doing.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
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.
Articles: When Courage Goes BadBy Jeremy Adam Smith | July 16, 2015
Who gets to be brave? Researcher Cynthia Pury argues that courage is very much in the eye of the beholder.
Articles: Is Morality Based on Emotions or Reason?By Jill Suttie | June 10, 2015
A new book takes aim at those who claim moral impulses are rooted in emotional ones.
Articles: How Our Bodies React to Seeing GoodnessBy Jill Suttie | May 12, 2015
A new study maps what happens in our bodies and brains when we witness acts of kindness and compassion.
Articles: Monkeys for Equal PayBy Barry J. Bergman | March 18, 2015
And every cat for itself! A report on Frans de Waal's recent Greater Good Science Center talk.
Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.
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.
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
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.
Articles: The Moralist in the CribBy Diana Divecha | December 11, 2013
Are children blank slates or selfish monsters? A new book draws on decades of research to argue that we are born with a bias toward goodness.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
Articles: Finding Morality in AnimalsBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2013
Two new books explore research on animals to better understand the roots of human morality and challenge human specialness.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
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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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