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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: 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.

 

Articles: Struggling for Gratitude after the Election

By Kira M. Newman | November 10, 2016

Members of Thnx4, the GGSC’s online gratitude journal, highlight what they gained from the divisive presidential election.

 

Articles: Five Science-Backed Strategies to Build Resilience

By Kira M. Newman | November 9, 2016

When the road gets rocky, what do you do?

 

Articles: Can Mindfulness Help You Be More Authentic?

By Kira M. Newman | October 31, 2016

According to a new study, mindful people might be happier because they act according to their values.

 

Articles: How to Choose a Type of Mindfulness Meditation

By Kira M. Newman | October 11, 2016

A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.

 

Articles: Six Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

By Kira M. Newman | October 4, 2016

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.

 

Articles: For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t Enough

By Kira M. Newman | September 20, 2016

According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.

 

Articles: Can Mindfulness Stop Internet Addiction in Teens?

By Kira M. Newman | August 29, 2016

Could cultivating attention and awareness help teens to stop checking their phones?

 

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