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Articles: How to Raise an EnvironmentalistBy Jill Suttie | September 14, 2016
Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.
Articles: Debunking Myths about AweBy Maria Polonchek | September 9, 2016
What inspires awe? Who experiences it the most? Dacher Keltner discusses common misconceptions about an elusive emotion.
Videos and Podcasts: Why Awe Is Such an Important EmotionBy Dacher Keltner | August 3, 2016
Dacher Keltner gives an overview of the young science of awe, from how it’s expressed to its benefits for health and well-being.
Articles: Why Your Office Needs More NatureBy Jill Suttie | July 18, 2016
According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.
Videos and Podcasts: How Getting Outdoors Can HealBy Stacy Bare | June 30, 2016
Stacy Bare, director of Sierra Club Outdoors, details his journey from war, PTSD, and addiction to healing.
Videos and Podcasts: How Scientists Measure Awe in the WildBy Craig L. Anderson | June 30, 2016
Craig Anderson, a researcher at UC Berkeley, explains his research studying awe and other emotions during white-water rafting.
Articles: Four Awe-Inspiring ActivitiesBy Juliana Breines | March 8, 2016
Research-based practices for cultivating awe from the GGSC website Greater Good in Action.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
A new book by Erika Christakis explains how current trends in preschool education are harming children.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Mindfulness and Nature
Articles: The Kindness of SquirrelsBy Jamie Gorrell | August 15, 2011
What adoption in the wild tells us about the presence—and the limits—of altruism in the animal kingdom.
Raising Happiness: Tuesday Tip: Get Out into NatureBy Christine Carter | August 9, 2011
One thing you can do today to be happier.
Raising Happiness: Tuesday Tip: Take a StrollBy Christine Carter | July 12, 2011
One thing you can do today to be happier.
Videos and Podcasts: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 27, 2011
This week my children are off at a very outdoorsy sleepaway camp—I’m excited for them to be outside nearly constantly for two weeks! One reason why I’m willing to part with them this summer is that I know that their health and happiness will benefit from their time spent in nature.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Do Your Kids Have “Nature Deficit Disorder?”By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | June 26, 2011
The benefits of a summer spent outdoors
Refuting the management experts, a recent study suggests employees should be free to decorate their own workspaces.
Research Digest Items/Studies: “Green” Exercise Improves Mental Health
Articles: The Hot SpotBy Lisa Bennett | September 1, 2008
Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.
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.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
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