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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
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Does Your Child Have “Problems”?By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 31, 2012
Happy people see their problems as challenges
Videos and Podcasts: Does Your Child Have “Problems”?By Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 31, 2012
Teachers often come to parents when their children have problems, but sometimes their framing can lead kids to believe that they can’t do something, or that they are failing. Are problems better framed as opportunities and challenges?
Research Digest Items/Studies: The Keys to Resilience
Raising Happiness: Tuesday Tip: Imagine Your “Best Possible Future Self”By Christine Carter | August 16, 2011
One thing you can do today to be happier.
Raising Happiness: My UC Berkeley Commencement SpeechBy Christine Carter | May 18, 2011
Brief advice for a life well-lived
Research Digest Items/Studies: When it Comes to Relationships, Reality Might Be Overrated
Research Digest Items/Studies: How Well Do We Predict Our Happiness?
Raising Happiness: Rethinking OptimismBy Christine Carter | May 4, 2011
Fostering confidence in children is easier than you think.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: Fostering Optimism and ConfidenceBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | May 2, 2011
Optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
Anger is a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. But how can you stop it from getting out of hand?
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Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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