Squabbling siblings can have a better relationship if they learn the skills of forgiveness.
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Articles: Ten Inspiring Moments from 2016By Greater Good Editors | January 3, 2017
We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.
When the road gets rocky, what do you do?
Articles: When Should You Forgive Your Partner?By Amie M. Gordon | September 26, 2016
According to a new study, forgiving your partner may backfire if they have a certain personality type.
When kids say sorry, are they learning a lesson or just parroting empty words?
Articles: For Managers, Saying Sorry Isn’t EnoughBy 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: The Power of Forgiveness at WorkBy Brooke Deterline | August 26, 2016
Ever carry a grudge or harbor revenge fantasies about a colleague or boss? It’s likely costing you and your workplace.
Articles: How Grudges Hurt Your HealthBy Joanna McParland | August 19, 2016
According to a new study, people are more sensitive to pain when they feel a sense of injustice.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
Articles: Does Forgiveness Make Kids Happier?By Sarah Wheeler | May 16, 2016
A new study suggests that children are happier when they’re more forgiving toward their friends.
According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.
A new study compares different responses to bullying—and finds that forgiveness may have to wait.
Articles: What if Schools Taught Kindness?By Laura Pinger, Lisa Flook | February 1, 2016
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
Articles: Our Favorite Books of 2015By Jill Suttie, Diana Divecha, Jeremy Adam Smith | December 15, 2015
Greater Good's editors pick the most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books published this year on the science of a meaningful life.
Articles: How to Move Beyond PainBy Jill Suttie | November 27, 2015
Brené Brown's new book provides readers with a pathway out of shame and toward more self-compassion.
Articles: The Three Parts of an Effective ApologyBy Christine Carter | November 12, 2015
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
Articles: What a Greater Good School Looks LikeBy Vicki Zakrzewski | October 27, 2015
One school in India is cultivating the well-being of students by implementing Greater Good Science Center practices.
Articles: Eight Keys to ForgivenessBy Robert Enright | October 15, 2015
Forgiveness can be incredibly difficult. Robert Enright explains where to start.
Articles: Does Forgiveness Make Men Feel Weak?By Kira M. Newman | October 14, 2015
A new study suggests that men and women might experience forgiveness differently.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
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.
A new study suggests more empathic police officers are less likely to become discouraged and demoralized.
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