Tag: Optimism


Tag: Optimism

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BenBella Books, 2015, 275 pages.

Articles: Turning Bad News into Good

By Jill Suttie | October 21, 2015

A new book argues that positive stories can have a bigger and better impact than negative ones.


Articles: Is it Time to Take the “Positive” Out of Positive Psychology?

By Amie M. Gordon | September 9, 2015

Being kind, caring, and compassionate may not always lead to greater well-being.

GG101x instructors Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner

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!


Articles: Just One Thing: Don’t Rain on the Parade!

By Rick Hanson | August 4, 2015

Rick Hanson asks: What kind of life would it be, never to rain on a parade, your own or anyone else’s?


Articles: Six Ways Happiness Is Good for Your Health

By Kira M. Newman | July 28, 2015

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 Back

By 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!

Adapted from The Upside of Stress (Avery, 2015).

Articles: How to Transform Stress into Courage and Connection

By Kelly McGonigal | May 13, 2015

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 Goodness

By 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 Hits

By 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.

R2014, Current, 219 pages

Articles: Can Positive Thinking Really Make Dreams Come True?

By Jill Suttie | December 17, 2014

A new book says we can't ask more of our fantasies than they can give us.


Articles: Can Mindfulness Help Mothers of Severely Disabled Children?

By Summer Allen | August 25, 2014

A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.


Articles: Two Ways to Foster Grit

By 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 We

By 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?


Articles: How Awe Can Help Students Develop Purpose

By Vicki Zakrzewski | June 11, 2013

Research suggests that inducing awe in the classroom might inspire kids to find a sense of purpose in life


Articles: Just One Thing: See Progress

By 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 2012

By 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 Hope

By 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 Happiness

By Stacey Kennelly | August 9, 2012

A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.

Basic Books, 206 pages

Articles: Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain

By Jill Suttie | July 30, 2012

A new book explores what makes you optimistic or pessimistic—and how to build optimism as a skill.

Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful.

Videos and Podcasts: Fostering Optimism and Confidence

By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | July 19, 2012

Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful.


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