As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.
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We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and our editors pick the best of the rest.
Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.
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According to a new study, our sexual priorities change as we age and that keeps our sex lives satisfying.
A wave of studies in 2016 suggest that masculine ideals can hurt men's physical and mental health. But they also hint at a healthier aspiration for men.
The purchases we make fall into four categories—some of which bring more happiness than others.
Here are the year's most acclaimed, popular, or helpful articles on parenting and child development from Greater Good.
A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.
A new program teaches humanitarian aid workers how to build resilience so they can handle the intense stress of supporting those in desperate need of help.
Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).
According to a new study, changing your perspective may be helpful in some situations—but not others.
The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.
We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over competition and ownership.
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 of twins explores where empathy comes from: nature or nurture?
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.
We can be fooled by androids like Maeve in the TV show Westworld, but not so much in real life, a new study suggests.
A new study sparks scientific debate about emotional expression—and raises questions about what we all have in common.
Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
According to a new study, generous businesses inspire individuals to give, too—thanks to one particular emotion.
All the cool kids aren’t doing it, says a new study. In fact, teens underestimate good behavior among their classmates.
Gifts should make us feel grateful—but sometimes we only feel guilty or obligated to reciprocate. Here are four ways to stay grateful.
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
We talk with Steve Silberman about the impact of the presidential election on disability research, education, and advocacy.
A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.
Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
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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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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