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The research confirms that even short engagement with nature shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness, joy and amusement
A spotlight on the debut issue of Greater Good hails it as "a significant new magazine."
Is the world in such turmoil because humans are basically selfish, aggressive and individualistic? Dacher Keltner disagrees with this view of human nature; he claims that people have a biologically-based capacity for goodness.
Carol Hyman interviews Dacher Keltner on his attendance in the Dalai Lama's conference "Investigating the Mind: Exchanges between Buddhism and Biobehavioral Science on How the Mind Works" with other behavioral scientists.
Richard Chon writes on the Greater Good Science Center's efforts on studying positive attributes like love, gratitude and compassion.
James Doran writes on UC Berkeley's opening of a department of social psychology dedicated to researching what makes certain relationships successful and what makes us happy.
Daniel Levy briefs us on issues that include the tobacco industry, babysitting, and bullying.
This four episode BBC documentary features Michael Palin, Elizabeth Hurley, David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Ekman, and Dacher Keltner, among others on the topic of facial expression, beauty, and fame.
Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
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April 29, 2017
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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