New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
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Research suggests that spirituality may be a natural developmental process—so what does this mean for secular schools?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Religion Make You Healthier in Old Age?
Articles: How Does Religion Shape Compassion?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 9, 2012
A GGSC-sponsored study found that compassion is less important for moving religious people to perform acts of kindness. But that doesn't mean they are less compassionate!
In three experiments co-sponsored by the GGSC, scientists found that compassion drove less religious people to be more generous.
The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Are Religious People Happier?
Articles: Here’s How Grateful You AreBy Gregg Sparkman | February 29, 2012
The results are in from the Greater Good gratitude quiz. Seems like you've been keeping a gratitude journal, haven't you?
Articles: The Ancient Heart of ForgivenessBy Jack Kornfield | August 23, 2011
Jack Kornfield shares extraordinary stories of forgiveness--and explains how the next story could be yours.
Videos and Podcasts: The Ancient Heart of ForgivenessBy Jack Kornfield | August 23, 2011
Jack Kornfield shares extraordinary stories of forgiveness—and explains how the next story could be yours.
Videos and Podcasts: What Forgiveness MeansBy Jack Kornfield | August 21, 2011
The acclaimed teacher and author explains that forgiveness isn’t quick, easy, or sentimental. But it’s invaluable for your own well-being.
Videos and Podcasts: Forgive for YouBy Jack Kornfield | August 14, 2011
Jack Kornfield explains that we should forgive for the sake of our own dignity and fulfillment.
Videos and Podcasts: Paul Bloom on Sex, George Clooney, and Other PleasuresBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | August 10, 2011
The author of How Pleasure Works explains why we do good and how to find true happiness.
Paul Bloom discusses how the psychology of pleasure can explain what we like and why we do good--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Videos and Podcasts: Forgiveness MeditationBy Jack Kornfield | August 7, 2011
The acclaimed author and teacher leads a meditation to practice forgiveness of others and of oneself, and to seek forgiveness.
Videos and Podcasts: 12 Principles of ForgivenessBy Jack Kornfield | August 6, 2011
The acclaimed author and teacher explains the principles that are integral to the process of forgiving, according to Buddhist philosophy.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Two Degrees of Separation Can Still Reduce Prejudice against Muslims
Articles: A Call to CompassionBy Jill Suttie | March 10, 2011
A review of Karen Armstrong's 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Religion Make Us Happier and Healthier?
Articles: Is Happiness Divine?By Anahid Modrek | December 1, 2010
Research looks at how our thoughts about God relate to our happiness.
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
A Q&A with visionary educator John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game.
An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.
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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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