Here are the 10 most popular Greater Good articles from the past year, according to Google Analytics.

1. How to Find Your Purpose in Life, by Jeremy Adam Smith: Are you struggling to discover your purpose? That may be because you feel isolated from other people. Here’s how you can overcome that.

2. Ten Films that Highlight the Best in Humanity, by Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Jill Suttie, Amy Eva, Maryam Abdullah, and Jesse Antin: Forget the Oscars. With the Greater Goodies, we’re honoring movies from the past year that exemplify forgiveness, resilience, empathy, and other keys to our well-being.

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3. How to Know if You Married the Wrong Person, by Christine Carter: Christine Carter has clearly married the wrong man—again. Or did she?

4. Six Habits of Highly Compassionate People, by Hooria Jazaieri: Follow these steps to feel more compassionate toward others and toward yourself.

5. Seven Ways to Help Someone with Anxiety, by Alice Boyes: Knowing how anxiety works can help you to better support loved ones without inadvertently making their anxiety worse.

6. What Type of Meditation is Best for You?, by Tania Singer: One of the most in-depth meditation studies to date shows that different practices have different benefits.

7. How to Hardwire Resilience into Your Brain, by Rick Hanson and Forrest Hanson: We’ll be better prepared for life’s challenges if we cultivate these 12 inner strengths.

8. How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself, by Alice Boyes: Understanding the roots of self-sabotaging behavior can help us to find fixes that will make our lives more successful and less conflicted.

9. Seven Lessons from Mister Rogers That Can Help Americans Be Neighbors Again, by Shea Tuttle: The host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught kids critical emotional and social skills that are still relevant to adults today.

10. How to Gain Freedom from Your Thoughts by Daniel Siegel: Dan Siegel explains how meditation can help us transcend limiting beliefs and discover more presence and possibility in life.

Editors’ Picks

We polled our staff and editorial advisors on their personal favorites from the past year—and came up with more you might also consider reading, grouped by topic and listed by number of votes they received.

Mind, Body, Self

Children, Adolescents, and Parenting

Society and Politics


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