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How to Tackle Your Cravings with Mindfulness

By Deborah Yip | May 18, 2017

Our bad habits and addictive behaviors—like smoking, overeating, or constantly using technology—hurt well-being and public health. A new book shows how mindfulness can help.

 
  

Past Stories

How Resting More Can Boost Your Productivity

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang | May 11, 2017

Here are five ways to incorporate more rest and rejuvenation into your work day.

 

How to Be a Lifelong Learner

By Kira M. Newman | April 20, 2017

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.

 

How to Keep Technology from Disrupting Your Happiness

By Kira M. Newman | April 13, 2017

Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.

 

How to Better Understand Your Child

By Diana Divecha | April 11, 2017

Pediatrician Claudia Gold wants to help parents and professionals discover the true reasons behind each child’s behavior.

 

How to Be Successful and Still Compassionate

By Kira M. Newman | March 31, 2017

A new book argues that helping others can actually help us achieve more.

 

How Doctors Can Communicate Better with Patients

By Deborah Yip | March 24, 2017

Two new books suggest that we can improve communication and care in medicine with more mindfulness and presence.

 

How to Awaken Compassion at Work

By Jill Suttie | March 17, 2017

A new book explains why showing compassion in the workplace can help employees and businesses to thrive.

 

Why Don’t We Prepare Enough for Disasters?

By Jill Suttie | March 10, 2017

A new book outlines the psychological biases that get in the way of good decision-making—and what to do about them.

 

Why Your Creative Ideas Get Ignored

By Jill Suttie | March 3, 2017

A new book explains why leaders can be so dismissive of creative ideas—and how to change this mindset.

 

How to Hack Your Brain for Peak Performance

By Summer Allen | February 17, 2017

A new book shows how we can apply advances from neuroscience to work smarter and happier.

 

Why You Need More Nature in Your Life

By Jill Suttie | February 10, 2017

Research suggests that spending too little time in nature deprives us of benefits to our health, happiness, and creativity.

 

How to Cultivate a Secure Attachment with Your Child

By Diana Divecha | February 3, 2017

A new book suggests that parents can raise healthier and happier children by providing a balance of support and freedom.

 

How to Combat America’s Creativity Crisis

By Michael Ruiz | January 27, 2017

A new book explains how to recognize and encourage creativity in society—before it's too late.

 

The Four Keys to a Meaningful Life

By Jill Suttie | January 20, 2017

A new book explores how writers, philosophers, and everyday people think about pursuing meaning in life.

 

What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Negative Emotions

By Kira M. Newman | January 13, 2017

According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.

 

Five Ways Museums Can Increase Empathy in the World

By Elif M. Gokcigdem | January 9, 2017

Museums are a safe place to explore other points of view, cultures, and histories.

 

How to Reduce Rudeness in the Workplace

By Jill Suttie | January 6, 2017

According to a new book, practicing civility at the office is the path to better relationships and higher productivity.

 

Six Books We Overlooked in 2016

By Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | January 4, 2017

Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.

 

Are You a Conformist or a Rebel?

By Kira M. Newman | December 23, 2016

According to a new book on social influence, we might all be a little of both.

 

Is the Search for Happiness Making Us Anxious?

By Jill Suttie | December 16, 2016

A new book argues that the American pursuit of happiness is leading us in the wrong direction.

 

The Dark Side of Believing in Natural Talent

By Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool | December 12, 2016

The way we educate students doesn't reflect what scientists know about expertise.

 

Would the World Be Better Off without Empathy?

By Jill Suttie | December 8, 2016

Paul Bloom’s controversial book Against Empathy mixes valid points with misguided critiques.

 

Our Favorite Books of 2016

By Jill Suttie, Kira M. Newman, Diana Divecha, Laura Saponara | December 7, 2016

Greater Good's editors pick this year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on the science of a meaningful life.

 

Why Is It So Hard to Make Positive Changes?

By Jill Suttie | December 2, 2016

A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.

 

How to Journal Through Your Struggles

By Kira M. Newman | November 17, 2016

Stuck in negativity? Writing down your feelings can be a healthy way to cope, a new book explains.

 

How to Help Diverse Students Find Common Ground

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | November 14, 2016

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu identifies principles that promote a truly inclusive university.

 

How to Stop the Culture of Complaining in Schools

By Owen Griffith | November 4, 2016

Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.

 

Scaling the Empathy Wall

By Laura Saponara | October 21, 2016

In her new book, Arlie Hochschild urges us to feel what Donald Trump voters feel.

 

Six Steps to Prepare for End-of-Life Care

By Ellen Rand | October 17, 2016

Ellen Rand shares the lessons she’s learned about preparing for the death of a loved one.

 

Is Pride Really a Sin?

By Jill Suttie | October 14, 2016

According to a new book, we evolved to feel pride because it serves an important social function.

 

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