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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.

 
  

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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.

 

What Barbara Ehrenreich Gets Wrong about Gratitude

By Jason Marsh | January 5, 2016

In a New York Times essay, the bestselling author criticizes the “selfish side” of thankfulness. But does she misread the research?

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2015

By Jason Marsh, Kirra Dickinson, Kira M. Newman, Jill Suttie, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2015

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

The Best Greater Good Articles of 2015

By Greater Good Editors | December 28, 2015

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

 

Ten Questions to Ask about Scientific Studies

By Jeremy Adam Smith | September 8, 2015

Never take a study at face value, including one you read about in Greater Good!

 

Scientific Insights from the Greater Good Gratitude Summit

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 17, 2014

The Greater Good Science Center has sponsored dozens of researchers to expand the frontiers of knowledge about gratitude. On June 7, we brought them together.

 

Why Leaders Need a Triple Focus

By Daniel Goleman | January 21, 2014

Leaders guide attention. But a single-minded focus on goals can run roughshod over human concerns, says Daniel Goleman.

 

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2013

By Jason Marsh, Devan Davison, Bianca Lorenz, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | January 2, 2014

The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.

 

The Year’s Most Popular Articles about the “Science of a Meaningful Life”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 1, 2014

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from 2013—and point to 10 more you ought to consider reading.

 

Eight Inspiring Images from 2013

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 29, 2013

We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Our 10 Most Popular Articles in 2012—and 15 More You Might Like!

By Jeremy Adam Smith | January 7, 2013

We round up the most-read Greater Good articles from the past year—and point to 15 more you ought to consider reading.

 

Seven Inspiring Images from 2012

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 28, 2012

Need some elevation? We remember acts of heroism, altruism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness from the past year.

 

Four Reminders of Human Strength and Goodness after Sandy Hook

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 17, 2012

Are people horrible? It's a question many Americans are asking ourselves after the horror of a school shooting.

 

Gratitude Research: Why Bother?

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 19, 2012

Critics say gratitude is unworthy of scientific study, and shouldn't be promoted in schools. We disagree!

 

Announcing the Greater Good Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 15, 2012

Sign up now for regular updates on our education program.

 

We’re Launching Our New Education Program…

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 16, 2012

... and introducing our new Education Director, Vicki Zakrzewski.

 

What We Google When We Google Love

By Jeremy Adam Smith | June 19, 2012

Internet searches for positive emotions and behaviors are increasing; searches for negative emotions are staying flat. We don't know why, but we know people are searching for what's good in humanity.

 

Honorable Mentions in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 19, 2012

These entries offer quick recipes for happiness: nature, supportive relationships, altruism, and kittens.

 

The Runners-Up in Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition

By Jason Marsh | May 18, 2012

Watch them all for a major boost of happiness!

 

The Winner of Our “Human Happiness” Student Video Competition: “Bill’s Story”

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2012

Check out this engaging tale of paper dolls, modern life, and the secret to true happiness.

 

Three Lessons from Mitt Romney about Bullying

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 14, 2012

Mitt Romney stands accused of homophobic bullying in high school. But what positive lessons can we draw from the story?

 

How Altruistic is the Greater Good Community?

By Gregg Sparkman | April 27, 2012

The results are in from the Greater Good altruism quiz—and it turns out that gender, age, and income have significant connections to generosity.

 

Stress and Self-Compassion

By Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2012

Stress is the problem, says Robert Sapolsky. Is Kristin Neff's idea of self-compassion the solution?

 

Could Positive Psychology Have Prevented the Massacre in Afghanistan?

By Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith | March 18, 2012

A new tragedy raises questions over how to respond to high rates of PTSD.

 

Here’s How Grateful You Are

By Gregg Sparkman | February 29, 2012

The results are in from the Greater Good gratitude quiz. Seems like you've been keeping a gratitude journal, haven't you?

 

Apology and the Crisis in Afghanistan

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 27, 2012

When Americans burned copies of the Koran last week, they triggered a violent conflict. Have American apologies helped or hurt?

 

Here’s How Trusting You Are

By Gregg Sparkman | November 21, 2011

Results from the Greater Good trust quiz.

 

Here’s How Mindful You Are

By Jason Marsh | October 25, 2011

Results from the Greater Good mindfulness quiz.

 

Why Mindfulness Matters

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2010

This month on Greater Good, experts explain the benefits of mindfulness--and how you can cultivate it.

 

From the Editors: Winter 2009

By Jason Marsh | December 1, 2008
 

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