A new book argues that helping others can actually help us achieve more.
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Gratitude helped Giacomo Bono survive a childhood disease. Now he’s trying to understand how to help kids cultivate thankfulness.
World poverty continued to decline in 2016, and researchers learned more and more about how to help the poor.
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.
Articles: Eight Ways to Stand Up to HateBy Elizabeth Svoboda | November 22, 2016
Hate crimes and hateful language are on the rise. What are you going to do about it?
Articles: When Women Are More Likely to LieBy Pamela Tom | October 24, 2016
A new study reveals how gender and social pressure drive unethical decisions.
Articles: A Simple Way to Foster Kindness in KidsBy Jenn Director Knudsen | July 11, 2016
According to a new study, we can encourage kids to be generous by reminding them of their past kindnesses.
Articles: Do We Need More Empathic Judges?By Jill Suttie | June 22, 2016
A light rape sentence sparks outrage—and raises questions about the place of empathy and bias in judicial decision-making.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
Articles: Can Helping Others Keep You Sober?By Jill Suttie | April 14, 2016
New research suggests that helping others—and the sense of belonging it brings—can help alcohol and drug addicts stay sober.
Articles: Six Ways to Help People ChangeBy Art Markman | March 7, 2016
If you want to help someone reach their goals, follow these steps.
Articles: How Altruistic is Your Brain?By Jill Suttie | March 4, 2016
A new book argues that neuroscience findings suggest that altruism is not a response to moral authority, but rather a hard-wired instinct.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
New research is finding that being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful.
Articles: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You KinderBy Jill Suttie | January 25, 2016
New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: Nine Tips to Make Your Giving Feel GoodBy Jenny Santi | December 9, 2015
Jenny Santi explains how to minimize the bad and maximize the good of donating your time and money.
In the wake of the terrorist attack in Paris, it's time to ask what behaviors might support other people's well-being on social media.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
Learning to express anger in a healthy way will help couples resolve conflicts, instead of letting them simmer.
Christine Carter knows meditation is good for her—but she still avoids it. Here’s how she’s trying to change.
Technology can make our lives happier and more productive—but only if we use it intentionally, a new book argues.
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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”...
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- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
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- 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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