Sexual dysfunction among women is more pervasive than many realize. But research is revealing that non-judgmental, moment-to-moment awareness can help.
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According to Sonja Lyubomirsky's new book, what should make you happy sometimes doesn't—and what shouldn't make you happy often does!
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.
We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: How to Foster Gratitude in SchoolsBy Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | November 20, 2012
When students are thankful, they feel more connected to their schools and teachers, explain researchers Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono.
Articles: Do We Care for Our Teachers?By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2012
To create a caring school community, research tells us that care must be extended to everyone.
Articles: Four Ways Teachers Can Show They CareBy Vicki Zakrzewski | September 18, 2012
Research suggests caring relationships with teachers help students do better in school and act more kindly toward others.
Can administrators help teachers feel safe enough to make mistakes and ask questions? Research says the answer is yes.
Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.
Articles: 12 Steps to HappinessBy Stacey Kennelly | August 9, 2012
A slideshow illustrating a dozen research-tested happiness activities you can start practicing today.
Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Having it All” essay in this month's The Atlantic raises important questions about men, women... and gratitude.
A psychologist offers six tips to help dads be the fathers they want to be.
Articles: Are Married People Happier?By Stacey Kennelly | June 6, 2012
A new study suggests that getting hitched is good for our happiness.
Articles: How to Spot an AbuserBy Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | April 12, 2012
Do you sometimes mistake psychological abuse for compatibility? Look to friends for help.
Articles: The Happiness of PursuitBy Jill Suttie | April 3, 2012
What's the basis of a good life? Jill Suttie reviews three new books about happiness, forgiveness, and gratitude.
A new study says that there's a right way and a wrong way to put your partner on a pedestal.
Raising Happiness: Am I Really Going to Have to Ask You Again?By Christine Carter | February 20, 2012
Nagging is a particular form of unhappiness—for everyone involved.
Raising Happiness: Podcast: The Power of RomanceBy Christine Carter and Rona Renner | February 16, 2012
Why a little lovin' makes mom happy
Articles: The Beloved MovementBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 14, 2012
A new movement of wedding photographers applies psychological insights to foster healthy relationships.
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
Feeling fed up and burned out, Dad? That may be a sign of progress, says Jeremy Adam Smith.
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
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University of California, Berkeley
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Friday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 3, 2013
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute will equip educators with social-emotional learning tools that will benefit both students and teachers. Registration is now closed.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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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