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Greater Empathy and Understanding- A 12 Month Plan

Rachel Verlik | Posted 01.09.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Verlik

As we usher in 2017, our world is filled with fear and uncertainty, carried over from a year of intense strife, tensions and divisions. To say 2016 ...

Our Best Education Articles of 2016

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 01.03.2017 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

By Jeremy Adam Smith It was a great year for the Greater Good Science Center's Education program. Hundreds of teachers attended our annual Summer Ins...

Four Lessons from "Inside Out" to Discuss With Kids

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Though Inside Out has artfully opened the door to these conversations, it can still be hard to find the right way to move through them or respond to kids' questions. So for parents and teachers who want to discuss Inside Out with children, here we have distilled four of its main insights into our emotional lives

Mindfulness: A Declaration Of Health Independence

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Mindfulness is more than a great way to get healthy and stay healthy. It's a process of discovery -- full of solace and revelation. And your relationships, your work and your play will all benefit.

41 Science-Based Actions For A More Meaningful Life

HuffPost Newsroom | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living

Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness: these aren't just central qualities of a well-lived life, but "skills that can be taught and develope...

Why Kindness Is Contagious, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Seeing someone perform an act of kindness can warm your heart. That feeling has a name -- it's called moral elevation, and it's that warm-and-fuzzy-on...

8 Ways To Achieve More While Working Less

Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living

By Christine Carter, Ph.D. I spend about five hours a day slacking off. Really: I spend that much time doing stuff I enjoy, that isn't on a task...

A Compassionate Work Culture Can Really Benefit The Bottom Line, Too

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.29.2015 | Healthy Living

We know that being kind to others feels good, helps us heal, and even makes us appear more attractive. Now there's evidence that acting with compassio...

5 Ways Music Improves Our Health

Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By Jill Suttie When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me an...

A Free Online Course On The Science Of Happiness Is About To Begin

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living

Countless books, articles, workshops and retreats try to sell us the secrets to happiness -- usually charging a lot of money, and often, for very litt...

Carolyn Gregoire

Buddhist Teacher Jack Kornfield On Cultivating Gratitude Through Mindfulness | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

In some Buddhist traditions, there's a prayer in which one makes a rather unusual request of the universe: Bring me challenges and obstacles. "In ...

Carolyn Gregoire

Why Tens Of Thousands Of People Are Signing Up For This Online Happiness Course | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living

The Internet is jam-packed with information about how to be happy -- much of it conflicting, and a good deal of it simply inaccurate. With over 75 mil...

Is A Happy Life The Same As A Meaningful One?

Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living

By Jill Suttie and Jason Marsh Philosophers, researchers, spiritual leaders -- they've all debated what makes life worth living. Is it a life fille...

5 Scientific Insights Into Creating A Meaningful Life

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

By Jason Marsh, Devan Davison, Bianca Lorenz, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smith and Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas The past few years have been marked by t...

6 Research-Backed Tricks That Will Help You Have A Happier Holiday

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By James Baraz "'Tis the season to be jolly" -- but isn't that always easier said than done? While the holidays of course bring us many joys -- fam...

8 Tricks To Finding More Meaning At Work

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Morten Hansen and Dacher Keltner Do you experience meaning at work -- or just emptiness? In the United States people spend on average 35-40 h...

This Little Mind Trick Can Ease Homesickness

Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living

By Bianca Lorenz This fall, a record 21.8 million students are estimated to be attending American colleges and universities. Many are leaving home ...

3 Insights From The Frontiers Of Positive Psychology

Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living

By Elise Proulx, Greater Good Science Center Fifteen years after emerging as a major scientific movement, it’s clear that positive psychology --...

Why Compassion In Business Makes Sense

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact

By Emma Seppala, Greater Good Science Center Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it ...

Attract Smarter Support Sooner

Kare Anderson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

Create situations in which everyone gets to use best talents, working on projects that reflect a strong sweet spot of shared interest. In so doing you may play a different character role in the story that unfolds and make the storyline more adventuresome and satisfying.

The Surprising Benefit Of Daycare

Farah L. Miller | Posted 03.22.2012 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

In light of all the worrying I do, any news about the benefits of using childcare makes me feel warm and fuzzy. And, this week, an article brought up a whole new argument in favor.