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Articles: Can Empathy Bridge Political Divides?By Alex Shashkevich | January 23, 2017
Yes, says sociologist Robb Willer—but the effort needs to be respectful and mutual.
Articles: What Can Americans Dream Now?By Jenara Nerenberg | December 9, 2016
We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over competition and ownership.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2016By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: Did Resentment Fuel Trump’s Victory?By Claudia Wallis | November 18, 2016
A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.
In a new study, researchers saw Jewish- and Palestinian-Israeli students cooperating better after a simple lesson.
Articles: Why We Need Empathy in the Age of TrumpBy Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016
Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.
Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.
The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication?
New research provides a possible clue as to why so many Donald Trump supporters believe outlandish things.
You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.
Articles: Scaling the Empathy WallBy Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016
In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.
Articles: Would Basic Income Make Us Happier?By Kira M. Newman | May 31, 2016
How would a guaranteed minimum income affect our happiness, motivation, and sense of meaning in life?
A new report finds that the presidential election is having a negative impact on students. What can educators do?
Articles: What Drives Success, Hard Work or Luck?By Jill Suttie | April 15, 2016
A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.
The GOP candidate is creating fear and confusion in children, especially kids of color. Here are three suggestions for talking with kids about race and racism in the media.
A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.
Articles: How Purity Divides UsBy Emily Gersema | February 26, 2016
A study of moral values reveals issues related to purity can determine how close—or how far—we want to be with someone in social and political circles.
As Americans interview candidates for president, how can they make sure gender bias doesn't get in the way of hiring the right one?
A new study examines which politicians get support for their legislation and which ones don't.
Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.
New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.
A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.
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