Two recent studies looked at the role of gratitude in helping survivors of violence in the Middle East and natural disaster in Asia.
Tag: Positive Psychology
Tag: Positive Psychology
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A new study suggests a way to help the parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.
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?
Articles: Feeling Self-Critical? Try MindfulnessBy Emily Nauman | March 10, 2014
New research shows that mindfulness may help us to stop comparing ourselves to other people.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Five Myths about GratitudeBy Robert Emmons | November 21, 2013
Does gratitude make us lazy? Naive? Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, debunks some common myths and misconceptions.
Articles: Can Love Change the World?By Michael Edwards | August 19, 2013
Is there any scientific basis for believing that love can be a force for change in politics and economics? A Q&A with Barbara Fredrickson, author of Love 2.0.
Last month, the third World Congress on Positive Psychology convened leading scientists to explore the keys to a happy and meaningful life. Here are three of the most striking and practical insights from the conference.
A new study is the first to find that happy people have less risk of a heart attack--even if their family history puts them at high risk.
Articles: How Positive Emotions Improve Our HealthBy Lauren Klein | June 20, 2013
A new study sheds light on why good feelings benefit our bodies as well as our minds.
Articles: When Getting Angry Makes You HappyBy Lauren Klein | April 2, 2013
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
Videos and Podcasts: Sonja Lyubomirsky on the Myths of HappinessBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | February 20, 2013
A leading researcher in positive psychology explains how understanding our misconceptions about happiness can ultimately lead us to a rich and meaningful life.
Articles: Debunking the Myths of HappinessBy Jason Marsh | February 20, 2013
Sonja Lyubomirsky explains what we misunderstand about happiness, and how we can get it right--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
... and introducing our new Education Director, Vicki Zakrzewski.
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: How to Be Happy: The Fine PrintBy Stacey Kennelly | August 8, 2012
Positive psychology has identified ways people can increase their happiness. But what happiness habits are right for you?
Articles: The Genetics of HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | June 29, 2012
A new study of twins sheds light on the complex links between biology and happiness.
Articles: Four Ways Happiness Can Hurt YouBy June Gruber | May 3, 2012
Can feeling good ever be bad? New research says yes—and points the way to a healthier, more balanced life.
See how the happiness levels of students in our online course vary depending on where they live.
Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.
During the past three years, we've published dozens of articles and videos about the science of gratitude. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are the best!
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
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...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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