• What is a Good Life? Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Altruism | October 1, 2014

    A new book explores what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the environment in shaping our moral character.

  • How Can We Cultivate Gratitude in Schools? Education, Gratitude | September 29, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Giacomo Bono reports on his research into how to foster gratitude in classrooms.

  • How Does Gratitude Affect Romantic Relationships? Family & Couples, Gratitude | September 29, 2014

    At the 2014 Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Sara B. Algoe describes her research into how gratitude affects romantic partners’ feelings for one another, as well as their style of relating to each other.

  • Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others Mind & Body, Compassion | September 26, 2014

    We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?

  • How Parents Can Foster Gratitude in Kids Family & Couples, Gratitude | September 24, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Andrea Hussong explores the role that parents can play in fostering the development of children’s gratitude.

  • The Social Artist Big Ideas | September 23, 2014

    A new book argues that creativity can be—and often is—a social endeavor, rather than the work of a lone genius.

  • Challenges to Gratitude Research Big Ideas, Gratitude | September 22, 2014

    Alex Wood of the University of Stirling provides a skeptical voice at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, exploring the scientific obstacles to understanding gratitude.

  • Who is Happiest? Happiness | September 19, 2014

    We present the initial results from our survey of students in our online course, "The Science of Happiness."

  • When Giving Thanks Can Backfire Family & Couples, Big Ideas, Gratitude | September 18, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Amie Gordon, Ph.D., provides an overview of research into the downsides of gratitude.

  • Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist Society Work & Career, Big Ideas, Gratitude, Happiness | September 17, 2014

    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the GGSC research fellow explains why consumer society tends to discourage gratitude—and how we can begin to foster a stronger sense of gratefulness.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

  • When Are You Sacrificing Too Much in Your Relationship? Family & Couples, Gratitude | August 15, 2012

    Close relationships require sacrifice. Here are seven questions to ask yourself before you give up too much.

  • How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination Mind & Body, Compassion | August 20, 2014

    A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • How to Deal with Mean People Family & Couples, Compassion | April 15, 2013

    Hint: Don’t just turn the other cheek.

  • Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School Education, Mindfulness | August 11, 2014

    A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Four Ways Teachers Can Show They Care Education | September 18, 2012

    Research suggests caring relationships with teachers help students do better in school and act more kindly toward others.

  • Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal Gratitude, Happiness | November 17, 2011

    Here's a way to be thankful all year long.

  • This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak Family & Couples, Mind & Body | February 15, 2013

    Why does getting dumped hurt physically? Meghan Laslocky explains where that feeling comes from, and what it's good for.

  • Six Habits of Highly Empathic People Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Empathy | November 27, 2012

    We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives, says Roman Krznaric—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.

  • Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-Esteem Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion, Mindfulness | May 27, 2011

    Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.

  • Can Science Make Facebook More Compassionate? Big Ideas, Compassion, Empathy | July 25, 2012

    Facebook is confronting cyberbullying and online conflict. Can a team of researchers help boost kindness among the site's 900 million users?

  • Surviving Betrayal Family & Couples | September 1, 2008

    Romantic betrayal is traumatizing, says psychologist Joshua Coleman. But couples can learn to trust again.

  • Hands On Research: The Science of Touch Education, Family & Couples, Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Compassion | September 29, 2010

    Dacher Keltner explains how compassion is literally at our fingertips.

  • Six Habits of Highly Grateful People Big Ideas, Gratitude | November 20, 2013

    Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"

  • How to Focus a Wandering Mind Mind & Body, Big Ideas, Mindfulness | July 17, 2013

    New research reveals what happens in a wandering mind—and sheds light on the cognitive and emotional benefits of increased focus.

  • The Compassionate Instinct Big Ideas, Altruism, Compassion | March 1, 2004

    Think humans are born selfish? Think again. Dacher Keltner reveals the compassionate side to human nature.

  • A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way Mind & Body, Empathy, Mindfulness | February 9, 2011

    A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

  • John Gottman on Trust and Betrayal Family & Couples | October 29, 2011

    The nation's top marriage expert explains why trust is essential to couples and communities--and how we can build it.

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