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Why to Thank Your Partner for Doing the Chores

By Amie M. Gordon | March 30, 2017

Expressing appreciation can transform your relationship.

 
  

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Can the Science of Lying Explain Trump’s Support?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 29, 2017

Most people think lying is wrong—unless it’s for a “good” cause. This may explain why Donald Trump gets away with it.

 

How Teachers Can Help Immigrant Kids Feel Safe

By Amy L. Eva | March 27, 2017

Many children feel threatened by anti-immigrant rhetoric. Here's how educators can inform and support their students.

 

Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children

By Jill Suttie | March 23, 2017

How do we combat racial prejudice? New research reveals how parents influence the formation of bias in children.

 

Three Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

By Christine Carter | March 22, 2017

Times have changed, and so has the sex talk.

 

Five Ways Feeling Good Can Be Bad for You

By Kira M. Newman | March 20, 2017

Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.

 

How to Sustain Your Activism

By Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | March 13, 2017

These three principles can help activists avoid burnout and continue working toward a better world.

 

Are Women More Ethical Than Men?

By Laura Kray, Gillian Ku, Jessica Kennedy | March 8, 2017

New research explores how men and women think about moral decisions—and how women’s voices can benefit business and society.

 

Can Social-Emotional Learning Help Disadvantaged Students?

By Meredith Kolodner | March 2, 2017

New York City's experience with community schools illustrates the possibilities and pitfalls of a new educational model.

 

What Happens When We Reconnect with Nature

By Kristophe Green, Dacher Keltner | March 1, 2017

Research is discovering all the different ways that nature benefits our well-being, health, and relationships.

 


How to Help Students Feel Powerful at School

By Amy L. Eva | February 22, 2017

Educators can exert power over students—or they can create an environment where students feel energized and capable themselves.

 

Why We’re Obsessed with Understanding Evil

By Elizabeth Svoboda | February 21, 2017

There might be a good reason for our obsession with the dark side—it can help us guard against it.

 

What Don’t We Know about Gratitude and Youth?

By Giacomo Bono | February 15, 2017

Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.

 

Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

Recent research sheds light on a question that obsesses many people.

 

What You Can Learn from Polyamory

By Elisabeth Sheff | February 13, 2017

A 20-year study of consensually non-monogamous adults reveals seven lessons for anyone who wants to keep love alive.

 

What’s Good about Lying?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 8, 2017

New research reveals how we learn to lie for the benefit of other people.

 

What We Still Don’t Know about Mindfulness Meditation

By Hooria Jazaieri | February 7, 2017

Despite the hype, researchers are still exploring the benefits of meditation and how much practice we need to achieve them.

 

The Evolution of Gratitude

By Malini Suchak | February 1, 2017

How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.

 

How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom

By Martha Caldwell | January 30, 2017

When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom. 


 

Why Do We Throw Coins in Fountains?

By Peter Wogan | January 26, 2017

This simple ritual offers clues about how we experience awe, society, and collective belonging.

 

What’s the Matter with Empathy?

By Sara H. Konrath | January 24, 2017

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.

 

A Skeptical Scientist Learns How to Meditate

By Scott Barry Kaufman | January 19, 2017

Scott Barry Kaufman shares his takeaways from eight weeks of mindfulness meditation.

 

Are Your Happiness Goals Too High?

By James Baraz | January 17, 2017

On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.

 

How to Fight Stress with Empathy

By Arthur P. Ciaramicoli | January 11, 2017

Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.

 

Why 2016 Was Actually One of the Best Years on Record

By Annie Duflo, Jeffrey Mosenkis | January 10, 2017

World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.

 

Ten Inspiring Moments from 2016

By Greater Good Editors | January 3, 2017

We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Our Best Education Articles of 2016

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 2, 2017

During the past year, Greater Good published a lot of exciting articles about teaching and schools. Here are some of the best.

 

What Will the Theme of Your Life Be in 2017?

By Kira M. Newman | December 30, 2016

As you set goals for the new year, take a moment to consider your larger life narrative.

 

The Best Greater Good Articles of 2016

By Greater Good Editors | December 27, 2016

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and our editors pick the best of the rest.

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 26, 2016

Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.

 

Is the Drive to Be Masculine Hurting Your Mental Health?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 21, 2016

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.

 

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