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What Are the Building Blocks of a Meaningful Life?

By Jenara Nerenberg | March 7, 2017

A conversation with Emily Esfahani Smith about the relationship between happiness, meaning, and modern life.

 
  

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What Would Buddha Do About the Economy?

By Jenara Nerenberg | February 24, 2017

Clair Brown suggests that the moment may be ripe for Buddhist thought to insert itself into Western economics.

 

Can Empathy Bridge Political Divides?

By Alex Shashkevich | January 23, 2017

Yes, says sociologist Robb Willer—but the effort needs to be respectful and mutual.

 

What Does a Compassionate Workplace Look Like?

By Nir Eyal, Monica Worline | January 5, 2017

A conversation with researcher and author Monica Worline about suffering, empathy, and kindness at work.

 

What Can Americans Dream Now?

By Jenara Nerenberg | December 9, 2016

We talk with Courtney Martin about building a future that prioritizes social connection and sharing over competition and ownership.

 

Does Neurodiversity Have a Future?

By Jenara Nerenberg | November 21, 2016

We talk with Steve Silberman about the impact of the presidential election on disability research, education, and advocacy.

 

Did Resentment Fuel Trump’s Victory?

By Claudia Wallis | November 18, 2016

A political scientist argues that one emotion catapulted the reality-TV star to the White House.

 

Why We Need Empathy in the Age of Trump

By Jeremy Adam Smith | November 11, 2016

Sociologist Arlie Hochschild explains why we need to understand people on the other side of the political divide—and how empathy can be a force for positive change.

 

Are You a Gardener or a Carpenter for Your Child?

By Jill Suttie | October 3, 2016

Famed child psychologist Alison Gopnik explains what new science reveals about the relationship between adults and children.

 

How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder

By Jill Suttie | September 15, 2016

Richard Louv explains how parents, educators, and urban planners can help kids reconnect with nature—before it's too late.

 

Debunking Myths about Awe

By Maria Polonchek | September 9, 2016

What inspires awe? Who experiences it the most? Dacher Keltner discusses common misconceptions about an elusive emotion.

 

Why Do American Soldiers Miss War?

By Jenara Nerenberg | September 1, 2016

According to author Sebastian Junger, facing social isolation back at home deepens the trauma.

 

Kids Need More Than Just Brains to Succeed

By Jill Suttie | July 12, 2016

A conversation with Paul Tough about his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why.

 

Can Science Help You to Become Wise?

By Jenara Nerenberg | July 6, 2016

Krista Tippett explores the scientific inquiry into what makes us wise.

 

What Mindfulness Is Missing

By Kira M. Newman | June 9, 2016

According to neurosurgeon Jim Doty, mindfulness and compassion must go hand in hand.

 

The Benefits of Feeling Awe

By Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016

We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.

 

What Adolescents Really Need from Parents

By Jill Suttie | May 25, 2016

In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.

 

How to Talk with Teens about Purpose

By Jill Suttie | May 13, 2016

A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.

 

How to Cultivate Global Compassion

By Jill Suttie | April 8, 2016

Legendary psychologist Paul Ekman explains how to extend compassion beyond our circle of family and friends.

 

How to Listen to Pain

By Jill Suttie | February 17, 2016

A Q&A with Brené Brown about her new book, Rising Strong.

 

Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?

By BerkeleyWellness, Dacher Keltner | December 17, 2015

Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.

 

How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation

By Jill Suttie | December 7, 2015

A Q&A with MIT professor Sherry Turkle about her new book, Reclaiming Conversation.

 

Why We Need Mindfulness at Work

By Peter Jaret | November 4, 2015

A Q&A with Greater Good's own Jason Marsh about the benefits of mindfulness at work, the topic of our upcoming conference in Berkeley, California.

 

The Surprising Benefits of Stress

By Peter Jaret | October 20, 2015

A UC Berkeley researcher is discovering the differences between good and bad stress.

 

Can Compassion Change the World?

By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2015

Daniel Goleman talks with Greater Good about his new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World.

 

Can Music Help Keep Memory Alive?

By Jill Suttie | April 21, 2015

A conversation with the makers of Alive Inside, a new documentary about how music is helping people with dementia.

 

Can Higher Purpose Help Your Team Survive and Thrive?

By Brad Wolfe | March 10, 2015

A conversation with Twitter’s Niki Lustig about how the social media giant fosters a sense of purpose among their employees.

 

How to Find Your Sweet Spot

By Jill Suttie | January 21, 2015

Jill Suttie talks with the GGSC's Christine Carter about her new book.

 

Five Foolproof Ways to Feel More Joy in 2015

By Christine Carter | January 6, 2015

Christine Carter talks with James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy.

 

Building Empathy in Healthcare

By Kasley Killam | October 27, 2014

A Q&A with Dr. Helen Riess of Harvard Medical School about her efforts to nurture empathy among health care workers.

 

Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

By Jill Suttie | September 11, 2014

A Q&A with Daniel Karslake about his new film, Every Three Seconds.

 

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