When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom.
A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.
This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.
According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.
At a time when “empathy” is more controversial than ever, a researcher explains what it is, what it isn’t, and when it fosters kindness and compassion.
Yes, says sociologist Robb Willer—but the effort needs to be respectful and mutual.
A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.
Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.
New research finds levels of empathy vary considerably from state to state — and living among empathic neighbors improves quality of life.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
A new study suggests that compassion training may buffer against the detrimental effects of high-stress medical training, particularly for those prone to depression.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.
Museums are a safe place to explore other points of view, cultures, and histories.
According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.
A conversation with researcher and author Monica Worline about suffering, empathy, and kindness at work.
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.
During the past year, Greater Good published a lot of exciting articles about teaching and schools. Here are some of the best.
As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.
According to a new study, reminiscing about certain types of experiences could boost your well-being.
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.
According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.
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.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
The instructor of the world’s most popular MOOC explores how to change your life through the power of learning—and why you have more potential than you think.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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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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