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Articles: Why Does Happiness Inequality Matter?By Kira M. Newman | March 24, 2016
According to a new report, income inequality isn't the only thing we should be concerned about.
Articles: Are the Rich Really Less Generous?By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
Articles: Should Governments Measure Happiness?By Peter Kinderman | September 25, 2015
Governments are starting to track happiness. Is it just a waste of time and money?
Is this the Golden Age of Paternity Leave? Not so fast. Here are tips for employees and managers to change their workplace cultures.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Articles: Is Gross National Happiness Next?By Jason Marsh | May 2, 2011
New momentum for governments' efforts to track the happiness of their citizens.
Research Digest Items/Studies: How Governments Can Make Us Happy
Research Digest Items/Studies: Reduce Prejudice? Yes, You Can
A round-up of recent books on happiness and innovative approaches in therapy.
Research Digest Items/Studies: How to Start Addressing Achievement Gaps
Articles: The Politics of EmpathyBy Jill Suttie | June 17, 2010
Recent books bring empathy out of the lab and into policy debates
Articles: More than a FeelingBy J.D. Trout | May 11, 2010
J.D. Trout explains that to fight poverty, empathy isn't enough.
Articles: Schools without BeautyBy Jonathan Kozol | September 1, 2005
What message are we sending kids when their classrooms are an “insult to aesthetics”?
Articles: Book Review: Leave No Child BehindBy Matthew Wheeland | March 1, 2005
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Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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