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Kira M. Newman

 

Kira M. Newman writes, edits, and produces content for all of the Greater Good Science Center’s websites, from the magazine to Greater Good in Action to the Science of Happiness MOOC, for which she’s served as course assistant for three semesters. Offline, she is the creator of CaféHappy, a Toronto-based meetup that gathers monthly to discuss how to be happier. Kira comes to GGSC from the world of tech journalism, where she was published in outlets including Social Media Monthly and Tech.co. She spent four years traveling around the world and loves speaking French, swing dancing, and exploring local cafes. Follow her on Twitter!

 
 
  

Stories by Kira M. Newman

Articles: Do Mixed Emotions Make Life More Meaningful?

By Kira M. Newman | April 25, 2017

According to a new study, we don’t have to feel good all the time in order to live a fulfilling life.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: How to Upgrade Your Gratitude Practice

By Kira M. Newman | April 4, 2017

According to a new study, your gratitude journal could be more powerful if you also express that gratitude to others.

 

Articles: Where We Find Heroes

By Kira M. Newman | April 3, 2017

For the students of our Science of Happiness course, heroism is all around us.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: Is Mindfulness Really the Best Way to Reduce Worry?

By Kira M. Newman | March 28, 2017

A new study examines how different practices benefit people who worry a lot.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: Do Mindful People Have a Stronger Sense of Self?

By Kira M. Newman | March 14, 2017

Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.

 

Articles: What Words Do You Associate with Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | February 27, 2017

The answer matters for your mental health.

 

Articles: Are You Having Enough Sex?

By Kira M. Newman | February 14, 2017

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

 

Articles: Does Your Personality Predict Your Happiness?

By Kira M. Newman | January 25, 2017

According to a new study, the relationship between happiness and personality is more complex than we thought.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: How to Find Happiness When You Reflect on the Past Year

By Kira M. Newman | December 29, 2016

According to a new study, reminiscing about certain types of experiences could boost your well-being.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: Should We Always Look for Silver Linings?

By Kira M. Newman | December 13, 2016

According to a new study, changing your perspective may be helpful in some situations—but not others.

 

Articles: 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.

 

Articles: 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.

 

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