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Articles: Can You Really Learn to be Happier?By Yasmin Anwar | August 31, 2015
The GGSC's Science of Happiness class relaunches on Sept. 8!
Rick Hanson asks: What kind of life would it be, never to rain on a parade, your own or anyone else’s?
Need some extra motivation to get happier? Check out the ways that well-being has been linked to good health.
Articles: Why Cynicism Can Hold You BackBy Kira M. Newman | June 11, 2015
A new study suggests that distrusting human nature can actually hurt your income. The reason why might surprise you!
Stress doesn't always lead to fight-or-flight, says Kelly McGonigal. It can also activate brain systems that help us connect with other people.
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: 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.
A new book says we can't ask more of our fantasies than they can give us.
A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
Articles: Two Ways to Foster GritBy Vicki Zakrzewski | May 5, 2014
To help students learn to overcome obstacles in pursuit of long-term goals, educators should focus on developing cognitive and emotional skills.
Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for WeBy Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Research suggests that inducing awe in the classroom might inspire kids to find a sense of purpose in life
Articles: Just One Thing: See ProgressBy Rick Hanson | January 9, 2013
As we look back on the past year, we'll be able to see things that have gotten worse. But Rick Hanson asks us to also recognize what's gotten better.
Articles: Our Ten Favorite Books of 2012By Jill Suttie, Vicki Zakrzewski, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 26, 2012
Greater Good's editors pick ten of the most thought-provoking, important, useful, or moving nonfiction books we read this year.
Articles: How to Help Students Develop HopeBy Vicki Zakrzewski | November 6, 2012
According to research, hope is key to academic achievement--and it's a skill students can develop over time. Here's how.
Articles: 12 Steps to HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | August 9, 2012
A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.
Articles: Rainy Brain, Sunny BrainBy Jill Suttie | July 30, 2012
A new book explores what makes you optimistic or pessimistic—and how to build optimism as a skill.
Videos and Podcasts: Fostering Optimism and ConfidenceBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 19, 2012
Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Fostering Optimism and ConfidenceBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 19, 2012
Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others——which might lead to even greater disparities.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
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