Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s book review editor and a frequent contributor to the magazine.
Jess P. Shatkin explains why teens take risks, and how we can help keep them safe.
A new study finds that having a reputation for cooperation may be key to getting other people to cooperate with you.
A new book suggests that our jobs can be improved if we focus on seeking purpose, hope, and positive relationships at work.
A new book reveals how long-term meditation can lead to profound improvements in our mind, brain, and body.
Humor researcher Thomas Ford explores how disparaging humor increases prejudice—and what we can do to laugh together again.
A new study of opioids reveals a tie between drug addiction and social connection.
A new book explains how we lost our work-life balance, why it matters, and what to do about it.
It sounds bizarre, but a new study finds that seeing happy images can affect how spouses feel about their relationship.
Psychologist Ty Tashiro explains why some people are more socially awkward and how they can use their strengths to connect with others.
New research suggests that people who laugh together like each other more.
In her new book, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recounts her journey of healing after the death of her husband.
New research supports the hypothesis that dogs “catch" emotions from other dogs and humans.
Jennifer Lehr talks about her new book, ParentSpeak, which aims to change the way parents talk with their kids.
A series of experiments suggest that awe causes us to have a smaller sense of self, which shapes our social networks in positive ways.
Stephen Hinshaw explores what it meant to be raised by a father with psychosis—and how that experience has informed his work as a psychologist.
Research suggests that being curious might be a social glue that strengthens our relationships.
New research suggests that losing health care may not just hurt your physical health. It may also damage your life satisfaction and well-being.
Cognitive biases may be partly to blame for prejudice, and research suggests that mindfulness can help us correct them.
According to a new study, we concentrate better and feel less stressed when we purposefully detach from work and enjoy a real break.
How do we combat racial prejudice? New research reveals how parents influence the formation of bias in children.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
A new book explains why showing compassion in the workplace can help employees and businesses to thrive.
New studies reveal how different policies affect parental well-being—and what obstacles we face in bringing them to America.
A new book outlines the psychological biases that get in the way of good decision-making—and what to do about them.
A new study suggests that when dogs are around, groups are closer, more cooperative, and more trusting.
A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset.
A new study suggests that promoting empathy and cross-group friendships in children can buffer against the negative effects of parental and…
According to a new study, training teachers in mindfulness can affect the whole climate of the classroom.
A new review of many studies suggests that our personality isn't as unchangeable as we think.
Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.
New research suggests that there are some unique social benefits to partner meditation.
A new study suggests preschoolers can "catch" prejudice from grown-ups through nonverbal behavior—and it hints at solutions.
A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.
A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for…
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.
Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.
Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.
A new study suggests that self-compassion makes you hold yourself to a higher standard of morality.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
We're all subject to bias. Here are tips to help teachers treat all of their students with dignity and care.
According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.
Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.
A new study suggests that happy, rhythmic music increases cooperative behavior—and that may be good news for employers.
New training programs that help police to listen, stay calm, and communicate during charged encounters may lead to fewer arrests and less use…
Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.
Helping children form an emotional attachment to nature may be key to protecting our planet's future.
New research reveals surprising ties between our immune systems and our social behavior.
Two new books aim to bring mindfulness to two resistant groups: children and lawyers.
According to a recent study, sunlight and natural elements in the workplace may improve workers' moods and job satisfaction.
A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.
According to new research, music helps synchronize our bodies and our brains.
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.
New research is revealing how to protect teens' mental health during a challenging part of life.
In our age of narcissism, a new book offers research-based tips for encouraging children to be empathic.
According to new research, children who experience mindful parenting are less likely to use drugs or get depression or anxiety.
According to a new book, we tend to blame kids who struggle rather than blaming their environment.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
According to a new book, having a purpose in life is crucial for our health and well-being.
According to a new study, people with higher heart rate variability are wiser—when they make an effort to be objective.
Meditation is helping police officers to de-escalate volatile situations, improve community relations—and improve their own well-being.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
A new book extolls the power of passion and perseverance, but is the research strong enough?
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
A new book debunks the myth of meritocracy and offers recommendations for creating a more equitable society.
New research suggests that helping others—and the sense of belonging it brings—can help alcohol and drug addicts stay sober.
Legendary psychologist Paul Ekman explains how to extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends.
A new book highlights the many ways that Americans are trying to bridge political divides.
A new book reveals the complex ways that our brains and bodies interact.
A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
A new study discovers a neural circuit dedicated to music.
A Q&A with Brené Brown about her new book, Rising Strong.
A new book argues that overscheduling and overtesting our kids isn't helping them learn better—and is hurting their health and happiness.
New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.
Are we born to sing? New research suggests that music is critical to emotional and social development.
Two new books reveal the inner workings of human psychology--biases, rationalizations, and all.
A new book helps us to truly savor our treats without going overboard.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
A new book applies the principles of modern design to creating a mindful, healthy, and purposeful life.
A Q&A with MIT professor Sherry Turkle about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation.
A new study finds that focusing on the group as a teen predicts better health as an adult.
Brené Brown's new book provides readers with a pathway out of shame and toward more self-compassion.
A new study suggests that we need a lot of social contact when we’re younger—but as we age, we need to focus on closeness.
A new book argues that talk therapy helps heal psychological wounds by making use of hardwired human needs for connection, understanding, and…
A new book describes what we lose when we text instead of talk—and how we can re-learn the art of conversation.
A new cross-cultural study finds that we should pursue stronger social ties, not happiness.
A new book argues that positive stories can have a bigger and better impact than negative ones.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
A new book explains the science of implicit bias.