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Three new studies paint a surprisingly complicated picture of the role of mobile devices in our social lives—and suggest steps we can take to make the most of technology.
A recent study reveals unexpected similarities between the emotional lives of human and ape kids—bound together by the quality of parenting.
Articles: When Empathy FailsBy Jill Suttie | March 4, 2014
Humans brains are very attuned to what others are thinking, feeling, and planning—but a new book explores when our “mindreading” powers can lead us astray.
Do you have commitment, trust, and attachment issues? Science helped Meghan Laslocky—and it just might help you, too.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Neuroscientist James Fallon discusses the psychopathic brain, prospects for detection and treatment, and his own struggles to feel empathy and compassion for others.
A new book explores the mind’s powers of split-second social observation.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2013By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith, Jason Marsh | December 16, 2013
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: How to Close the Gap Between Us and ThemBy Jill Suttie | November 7, 2013
A Q&A with Moral Tribes author Joshua Greene about emotion, reason, and conflict.
New research is finding that oxytocin doesn’t just bond us to mothers, lovers, and friends—it also seems to play a role in excluding others from that bond.
Articles: How to Create a Positive School ClimateBy Vicki Zakrzewski | August 21, 2013
Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do.
Articles: Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 2, 2013
Feeling ambivalent about the Fourth of July? New psychological research points to how we can feel authentic pride for our country—and still be citizens of the world.
Raising Happiness: Why I Send My Kids to CampBy Christine Carter | July 1, 2013
This year, they’ll be away for THREE weeks. I’m heartbroken and kidsick already.
Articles: Five Ways to Cultivate Gratitude at WorkBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 16, 2013
Americans are less likely to say "thanks" on the job than anywhere else, which hurts productivity and happiness. That needs to change.
Articles: Five Ways to Renew an Old LoveBy Barbara Fredrickson | February 12, 2013
Love is fleeting, says one of the world's leading experts on positive emotion. But with practice, you can foster love anytime you wish—and in doing so, renew old bonds.
Articles: How Love Grows in Your BodyBy Jeremy Adam Smith | February 7, 2013
Here are the places where romantic love abides in our bodies—and the role each one plays in sustaining love over time.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Can administrators help teachers feel safe enough to make mistakes and ask questions? Research says the answer is yes.
In a new installment of our Mindful Monday series, we talk with researcher Rimma Teper about how mindfulness helps improve executive function.
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
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